Are you a Pope Francis Voter?
Do you follow the Pope's call to bring the sacred issues with you into the voting booth? Our Catholic voter quiz examines the major issues that Pope Francis says Catholics and all people of good will must include in their decision. The results of our quiz will help you decide which Presidential candidate to vote for in November.
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1. Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis have been clear about the sacred issues that Catholics and all people of good will are called to prioritize. These include protecting people in poverty, the elderly, and migrants and rejecting racism. And, crucially, our Catholic faith teaches that we have a responsibility to participate in politics out of a commitment to the common good. This responsibility means each person has a fundamental right to vote, and that right must not be infringed.Close
2. Catholic teaching is clear: being pro-life means rejecting violence, caring for the vulnerable, and prioritizing care for the unborn. As Pope Francis says, these are “equally sacred” priorities. The singular focus on abortion has led many legislators to ignore effective pro-life policies that protect the unborn: health care for pregnant mothers, paid family leave, the WIC Program, nutrition assistance, housing, and affordable childcare.Close
3. To care for the unborn, Catholic teaching tells us that we must provide health care for all pregnant women. Some of these policies include ensuring pregnant women have access to health insurance, Medicaid, and CHIP.Close
4. Pope Francis said it best: “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.” This is a challenge, but America doesn’t back down from a challenge. Catholic teaching instructs us that our policies must protect people in poverty and enable everyone to have access to safe, affordable housing.Close
5. Catholic teaching affirms that every human being has a right to healthy, adequate nutrition. By creating and supporting funding for nutrition programs, the government alleviates immediate hunger and works toward ending hunger entirely. In a nation as wealthy as the United States, ending hunger is possible and is a moral imperative.Close
6. Pope Francis condemns the disregard for the health of elderly people, calling it covert euthanasia: “Social security pays up until a certain amount of treatment and then says ‘May God help you.’” Catholics must reject covert euthanasia and support politicians who embrace policies that provide care for the elderly.Close
7. Catholic Social Teaching affirms that work is more than a way to make a living – it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. Because all work has value, all workers must be properly compensated and protected. Catholics support an economy that puts people, not profit, at the center, where every person can find a job that provides for their family.Close
8. Catholic teaching instructs us to welcome immigrants and refugees. Migrants are a vibrant part of the fabric of our society and positively contribute to our churches and our communities. It is sinful to meet migrants with hatred. Pope Francis said it plainly: “It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help.”Close
9. Catholic teaching is very clear: racism and hatred are sins. Pope Francis says speaking out against racism is a pro-life issue: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” Catholics cannot vote for any politician who refuses to reject racism.Close
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Biden | Vice President Biden knows his Catholic teaching. More importantly, he lives it. Biden brings his Catholic values to his politics, and he believes everyone should have the ability to vote for the common good. He plans to restore the Voting Rights Act, end gerrymandering, and expand automatic and same-day voter registration.
Trump | Donald Trump does not share the values that Pope Francis says we must prioritize, and he is actively trying to limit your ability to vote against him. Trump wants to make mail-in voting illegal. His administration allows states to implement laws that disenfranchise voters, refuses to investigate voter roll purges, and defends gerrymandering.
Biden | Vice President Biden would eliminate the death penalty and expand care for the vulnerable. He also understands that prioritizing the unborn means protecting pregnant mothers and providing them with the care they need. He supports expanding health care for pregnant mothers, paid family leave, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), housing, and expanding affordable childcare.
Trump | Not only does Donald Trump support the death penalty, he believes that being pro-life means supporting abortion criminalization while rejecting every other policy that protects the unborn and pregnant mothers. The Trump administration has cut Medicaid, the health care program that many pregnant mothers rely on. He also wants to cut the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which many mothers rely on provide health care for their children. Donald Trump is not pro-life.
Biden | Vice President Biden supports expanding the ACA, providing greater care to pregnant mothers and their babies. He has a plan to reduce maternal mortality nationwide. He supports the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, ensuring that having a child doesn’t mean losing your job and health insurance. He would expand the Violence Against Women Act, ensuring protections for pregnant mothers at risk of domestic violence.
Trump | Donald Trump has worked to end the Affordable Care Act, the legislation that protects pregnant women from being discriminated against by insurance companies. His efforts would allow pregnancy to be classified as a “pre-existing condition.” He has made it harder for pregnant women to access nutrition assistance, housing, and affordable childcare.
Biden | Deeply influenced by Catholic teaching, Vice President Biden plans to build an economy where everyone comes along and the vulnerable are protected. He will increase the federal minimum wage to $15. He will guarantee that everyone has access to health care, regardless of their income. He will provide financial assistance to families looking for housing and protect tenants from eviction.
Trump | The Trump administration budget includes deep cuts for safety net programs like SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance, and more. Trump does not want to protect people in poverty, he wants to attack them.
Biden | Vice President Biden plans to strengthen food assistance for families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and WIC. Biden will also provide $100 per month in extra nutritional support for low income families until we are out of this recession.
Trump | Trump’s inaction on the COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of Americans losing their jobs and ability to pay for food. His administration’s plans to kick millions of Americans off of SNAP, leaving them unable to feed their families.
Biden | Vice President Biden agrees with Pope Francis that our elderly must be cared for. Biden will protect Medicare and ensure that it can pay for the long-term care. Biden will also preserve and strengthen Social Security so that the millions of Americans who depend on the program are protected, while preparing the program for future retirees.
Trump | At a time when the elderly are at grave risk from COVID-19, the Trump administration has proposed rules relaxing the requirements tied to infection control in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Trump also wants to cut health care for the elderly. His proposed budgets would reduce federal spending on Medicare.
Biden | Vice President Biden supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $15. He supports the Protecting the Right to Organize Act’s (PRO Act) and its provisions protecting every worker’s right to join a union. Biden would establish and enforce health and safety standards for all workplaces, ensuring that Americans can go back to work safely.
Trump | The Trump administration opposes raising the federal minimum wage. Trump appointees have rolled back workers’ rights to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Trump has also weakened the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ordering OSHA leaders to focus on deregulation instead of worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden | Vice President Biden supports a humane immigration policy that keeps families together. Like Pope Francis, Biden believes that refugees should be welcomed, not jailed. He will create a path to citizenship for all Dreamers who have become integral parts of our churches and communities.
Trump | Donald Trump has separated families and locked immigrant children in cages. He has used racist and hateful rhetoric against immigrants of color. He has directed federal agencies to kidnap immigrants from their homes, churches, and hospitals.
Biden | Vice President Biden embraces the Pope’s call to address the sin of racism. He knows that Americans of color face systemic racism that holds them back and endangers their lives. He believes that black lives matter, and he will work to root out the inequities in housing, health care, education, the economy, and our criminal justice system.
Trump | Donald Trump spreads racism and hatred, utilizing it as a tool to turn our neighbors against one another. Trump has defended white supremacists and neo-Nazis as “very fine people.” He has told women of color to “go back where they came from.” He has shared video of his supporters shouting “white power.” His words and actions are sinful, and they are damaging our nation.