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San Diego, Aug. 27 (CWNews.com) – A Catholic apologetics group whose guide for Catholic voters was criticized by the US bishops’ conference’s lawyers is now preparing to put the guide before over one million voters in eight major metropolitan areas.  The group Catholic Answers is taking out a full-page ad in USA Today on Tuesday, August 31, which will provide a synopsis of the five key issues they’ve identified for Catholic voters to consider when they go to the polls: abortion, same-sex unions, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia. Catholic Answers’ president, Karl Keating, said the guide will inform Catholics that they can’t deliberately vote against the Church’s moral teachings and still call themselves “good Catholics.”“It’s a serious sin to vote for moral evils, especially those that are so clearly opposed to the Church’s teachings,” he said.  Catholic Answers’ “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” is available on the group’s web site at www.catholic.com. Keating said the guide does not mention any candidates of political parties, but explains the fundamental moral issues that Catholics must consider when voting and that they cannot in good conscience vote for candidates who support, endorse, or condone those five objectionable stances.  Keating denied accusations that the guide is partisan: “These are the primary moral issues of our day. Four of them concern deliberate homicide, which is always and everywhere wrong. There’s no room for ‘debate’ about murder or ending an innocent human life at its most vulnerable stages. These are non-negotiable issues, regardless of party politics or specific candidates.”  He concluded, “In the past, most Catholics have not voted according to the Church’s moral teachings. They checked their faith at the door when they stepped into the polling place. That needs to change.”

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