… We hope that voters will examine the position of candidates on the full range of issues, as well as on their personal integrity, philosophy, and performance. We are convinced that a consistent ethic of life should be the moral framework from which to address all issues in the political arena. We urge our fellow citizens to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not simply party affiliation or mere self-interest.
- Faithful Citizenship, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
NETWORK believes that the 2012 presidential election presents voters with critical decisions regarding the moral vision and future of our nation. There are major differences in the visions that President Obama and Governor Romney have put forth, and the next president will make key policy decisions that will affect all of us. This chart is meant to be neither comprehensive nor definitive. Rather, it is a tool for placing the candidates’ positions within a broad framework of Catholic Social Teaching , so that together we may faithfully decide a course for our nation.
The chart is available as a text-only version with links to other NETWORK and NEP resources here . The color chart as it appears in our quarterly magazine is great for display boards and is available here .