At the conclusion of the Red Mass, the Society will host a light lunch in the basement social hall, followed by a special presentation on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s statement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. The public is welcome at all of the events.
At the Red Mass, lawyers, judges, and public officials of all faiths gather to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance. The St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, an organization of Catholic lawyers, sponsors this celebration each year. The Red Mass dates back to the 13th century in England, when judges and attorneys joined in liturgy to open a new judicial year. Today, the Red Mass coincides with the month in which the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term.
The presentation on Faithful Citizenship to follow the Red Mass will be directed by the Reverend Monsignor Stuart W. Swetland, STD, with a panel composed of Theresa Farnan, Ph.D., the Reverend Jordan Hite, TOR, and Professor G. Randy Lee. The statement, approved by the full body of the USCCB within the past year, is designed to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with the truth, so that they can make sound moral choices in addressing current political challenges. The document does not tell Catholics how to vote; it simply attempts to help Catholics properly form their consciences in accordance with the values of the Catholic faith before voting.
Please plan to attend this year's Red Mass, as well as the reception and special presentation to follow.
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