Source: The Detroit News
On September 15, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "a group of local priests and lay people are calling on fellow Catholics to look past the abortion issue and broaden their moral conscience when casting their vote for the next president in November. The local group, which calls itself Catholics for the Common Good, formed in response to the publicity around pro-choice Catholic politicians like Democratic hopeful John Kerry. They say Catholics should consider all issues with moral implications such as access to health insurance, freedom from poverty and a world without war... The Michigan Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of Detroit offer voters moral guidance on a broad array of political issues. But abortion and euthanasia are prime issues and should have more weight, some say. Catholics for the Common Good did not endorse a presidential candidate. However, the group encouraged Catholics to vote their conscience on numerous moral grounds beyond the church’s prime issues."