02 May 2011

Archbishop's Thoughts on General Election

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Singapore shared with Roman Catholics his thoughts on the relationship between Church and State and highlighted the importance of taking an active role in the political process.

Church and State have distinctive roles, but they share one mutual goal — the pursuit of the common good of society.

Values promoted by the Church such as honesty, integrity, love and respect for the human person, represent the founding principles of good citizenship in a democratic society.  By remaining true to his/her faith, the Christian citizen acts responsibly in the social community.

When considering the issues and the candidates that will represent the people in the election, Roman Catholics must reflect on their duty to use their free vote to further the common good while remaining true to the Christian values that Jesus had taught them.  Human rights and the dignity of the human person must be respected.

Roman Catholics must also ensure that the poor, the elderly and the marginalised in society are cared for.  Finally, they must protect the beautiful world that God has given us by addressing the impact that their actions have on the environment.

The right to vote is one of the founding principles of a democracy.  Everyone has a voice and can make a difference in the world in which he lives through his choice in the election process.  Each vote is significant.

Roman Catholics are encouraged to exercise their vote carefully and thoughtfully, in respect of the compatibility between their Roman Catholic values and the common good of Singapore.


1. Archbishop Chia's Pastoral Letter for 2011 General Election The Catholic News Vol 61, No 9 (8 May 2011).

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