The archdiocese’s decision to disband the task force was criticized by progressive Catholics including Seeds of Justice, a social justice group, which said the webinar also drew from guidance by Catholic bishops.
“We reject the false assumption that our Church has only one moral position,” the group wrote in a statement Sept. 28. “And remind our fellow Catholics of Pope Francis’ statements that voters must consider the church’s position on the full spectrum of moral issues at play in this election: poverty, racism, abortion, the death penalty, immigration and others.”
The group on Tuesday night held a webinar aimed at giving Catholics guidance on how to vote in the election. Pat Dougherty, a Seeds of Justice board member and former Democratic Missouri state legislator, said Wednesday that the Bishops also instructed Catholics, who have a moral obligation to vote, to look at candidates’ competence and character.