Saturday, 16 April 2016

EU Referendum - Guidance from our Bishops

The Bishops of England & Wales recently held their post-Easter meeting. They issued a statement on the forthcoming EU Referendum. It starts like this.
Reflecting on the forthcoming vote, we recognise the historic nature of this referendum and its implications for future generations. The outcome will have consequences for the future not only of the United Kingdom, but for Europe and for the world.
In our view, three things are essential:
  • that we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit;
  • that we all inform ourselves of the arguments on both sides of the debate;
  • that we each exercise our vote with a view to the common good of all.

It ends like this.
Before voting, ask yourself the following question:
How in the light of the Gospel, can my vote best serve the common good?
As you vote, you may wish to use this prayer:
"Lord, grant us wisdom that we may walk with integrity, guarding the path of justice, and knowing the protection of your loving care for all".

You can read the full statement here.