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Christian Social Engagement (80508-C1-¶164.B)

Amend ¶164B as follows:
    B) Political Responsibility—The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens. The Church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust, while humbly acknowledging the limits of its expertise and of its ability to confidently discern the Almighty’s position on specific items of legislation.  Vigorous and sincere disagreements among citizens and even faithful church members about the best public policy means for achieving commonly sought ends are a normal and healthy part of democratic societies.  We call on all socially engaged Christians to set an example of both abstaining from and challenging the incivility and character attacks that are too common in secular politics.

Rationale

These are important principles for Christian involvement in the process of political deliberation.