Do Cloistered Nuns Vote?

You better believe it! We take this civil duty seriously.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph #2240 “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country…”

When I was young (not too long ago!) and before entering the monastery I was very confused on this issue. I felt that the candidate had to have the right position on all moral principles and if he did not then I could not, in good conscience, vote for him. (I was really looking for a political messiah!) Since then I have come to understand the concept that if there is not a “perfect” candidate then I must vote for the person who will most likely limit evil. Please see Fr. Frank Pavone’s website to learn more about voting with Catholic Christian principles.

I have a feeling that many of you might also be unsure of what to do in this year’s upcoming election. I encourage you to get registered and vote! Again, see Fr. Pavone’s site to find the registration deadline in your state.  Going to college out-of-state? Make sure you get an absentee ballot.

Why are Sharon and Shannon looking so happy?
 
Well, aside from seeking the Lord with all their hearts
they are officially “Kentucky Citizens”!
They have their driver’s licenses and are registered to vote.
 
 

4 thoughts on “Do Cloistered Nuns Vote?

  1. i’m not going to lie: I LOVE SEEING THE BEAUTIFUL POSTULANTS’ FACES!!! and WHOOP (that’s texas a&m speak for “yay!”) for civic and moral duty. i will admit that it is sooo weird to see them with habits on in the license pictures. i’m wondering what sources of information, aside from the link in this post, you ladies use to decide how you will vote? do you discuss politics as a group at all? do you vote in local as well as national elections? what sort of connection/exposure do you have to local/national/global news?
    the end, and God bless y’all.

  2. I already knew that contemplative nuns vote, thanks to Sponsa Christi, however, it is so important to gain as much information as we can in order to vote responsibility. Our nation is at a place where so much is at stake!!! The guidelines on Fr. Pavone’s website are informative, and thought provoking. I think every potential voter, Catholic or non-Catholic can benefit from reading them. We also need to pray for our nation, and ask that God’s will be done in this election which will indeed make history. On another note, (I couldn’t find any other place to comment). I LOVE Mother’s Notebook. I am going to tell some of my friends about it. There has not been very much known about the Passionists and Mother gives a thorough and helpful explanation on the aspects of Passionist life.
    In Jesus and Mary,
    Abby

  3. I think this is good information. Who knew that contemplative nuns voted?

    I don’t know how it would work if you had a sister who came from another country though like Canada? Maybe they’d cast their vote by proxy?

    I am Canadian and we have far fewer communities like yours although it looks like the Passionist priests here (my aunt’s parish) are looking to attract some new candidates; maybe they should start their own blog??

    Sponsa Christi’s response
    Hi Patience, currently we are only accepting American citizens or those who are close to obtaining their citizenship. By the way, that’s great you have the Passionists up there!

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