The Vatican recently published the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy Of Love) - a 250-page document (DebateNI, April 13).
Pope Francis, reflecting on this summary of the conclusions of a worldwide synod of bishops dealing with marriage and family life, said: "It was not about settling all the issues facing the family in today's world. Ultimately, it was about urging everyone to appreciate the importance of the institution of the family and of marriage between a man and a woman, based on indissolubility, and valuing it as the fundamental basis of society and human life."
In addition to the Christian Churches, are politicians not also expected to promote the common good of society?
"The wellbeing of individuals and society is closely bound up with conjugal and family life ... God himself is the author of marriage" (Catholic Catechism, 1063).
Presently, our local nationalist party candidates, opposing Christ's teaching and that of the Catholic Church, seek to redefine marriage. Moreover, they expect voters, regularly standing up in church to affirm belief in Christ's teaching, to then deliberately vote against his teaching.
Should practising Catholics not also be believing Catholics? If we are, we should take our beliefs with us to the polling stations and vote accordingly.
Remember Christ's advice to his apostles: "He who hears you hears Me and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me" (Luke 10:16).