See this online text:
- “How Should Catholics Vote? Bringing Moral Principles to Life”, by Stephen J. Heaney, Life and Learning, Vol. XVI, pp. 537-571, available in PDF format (on this page) at University Faculty for Life: UFL Life and Learning Conference XVI.
See also the following texts on the exercise of suffrage and other political rights:
- Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (24 November 2002). May be read online on this page of Priests for Life, and at the Holy See.
- Formando La Conciencia Para Ser Ciudadanos Fieles: Llamado de los obispos católicos de Estados Unidos a la responsabilidad política, con Nota introductoria (Washington, DC: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, 2011). Disponible en Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.
- Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, with Introductory Note (Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011). Available at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2012). Available in PDF format (on this page) at Catholic Answers, with an insert available on this page. The 2004 edition may be read online on this page at the Political Responsibility Center (linked by this page of How to Vote Catholic). The be purchased through this page of Catholic Answers.
On civil authority in light of revealed and natural moral law, its relation to ecclesiastical authority, and the establishment of democratic political forms, one may see the following texts:
- Catholic Church and Christian State: a Series of Essays on the Relation of the Church to the Civil Power, Volume 1, translated, with the permission of the author, from the German of Dr. Joseph Hergenröther (London: Burns and Oates, 1876). May be read online, and available in pdf, djvu, epub, kindle/mobi, Daisy, and txt formats, at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy on this page and a 3rd copy of this page, and at Open Library.
- Catholic Church and Christian State: a Series of Essays on the Relation of the Church to the Civil Power, Volume 2, translated, with the permission of the author, from the German of Dr. Joseph Hergenröther (London: Burns and Oates, 1876). May be read online, and available in pdf, djvu, epub, kindle/mobi, Daisy, and txt formats, at Internet Archive.
- De Laicis: Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Treatise on Civil Government (wherein Chapters 16 and 19-22 were translated from the Latin by Fr. James Goodwin, S.J.) May be read at Catholicism.org, beginning with chapter 1 (May 19, 2005). [N.B., The canonical and doctrinal status of the association behind the website remains uncertain. Please exercise prayerful caution in reading the other texts thereon.]
- “Dissertation on the Origin and Extent of Civil Authority”, by Joseph Rickaby, S.J. On pages 1–171 of the same author’s Political and Moral Essays (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1902), which is available at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive, a 3rd copy at Internet Archive, and a 4th copy at Internet Archive. [N.B., No Imprimatur, but written by a reputable author and a member of a then-reliable order.]
- “The Internal Order of States and People: Christmas Message of 1942”, by the Venerable Pope Pius XII. May be read online (on this page) at the EWTN Library. Another translation, entitled “The Rights of Man: The Feast of Christmas and Suffering Humanity”, may be read online at Catholic Tradition. Brief comments on the Christmas message may be found at Locus Theologicus and Paul on Pius.
- St. Thomas‘ Political Doctrine and Democracy, by Edward F. Murphy (Washington, D.C., Catholic University of America, 1921). Dissertation, 326 pages. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library. May also be read online at the Hathi Trust Digital Library.
- The State and the Church, written and edited by John A. Ryan, D.D., LL.D and Moorhouse F. X. Millar, S.J. (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930). With Imprimatur. May be read online at the Jacques Maritain Center, and available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. [Note: It was written for the Department of Social Action of the National Catholic Welfare Council (predecessor of today’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).]
- The Vatican Decrees in their Bearing on Civil Allegiance, by Henry Edward Manning (London: Longmans, Green, 1875). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
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But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils: you cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils…
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me, but all things do not edify…
If any of the unbelievers invite you, and you be willing to go; eat of any thing that is set before you, asking no question, for conscience sake. But if any man say: This hath been sacrificed to idols: do not eat of it for his sake that told it, and for conscience sake. Conscience, I say, not thy own, but the other’s…
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do; do all things for the glory of God. Give no offence to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: As I also please all men in all things, not seeking that which is profitable to myself, but to many; that they may be saved. (I Corinthians x, 20-21, 22, 27-29, 31-33)