According to Monitor.com, a bishop walked into a bar in McAllen, Texas and started preaching. The punch line is: He was previously scheduled to do so!
That’s because Bishop Daniel E. Flores was there for a discussion of faith and politics dubbed “Theology on Tap.” The event, held at Schneider’s German Gasthaus and Beergarden, is part of Fortnight for Freedom, a campaign by the Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States.
The campaign is meant to highlight the importance of defending religious liberties.
Like another man named Daniel who was thrown into a pit of lions, Flores had to spend an evening with, arguably, an even more fearsome adversary: young adults. But just like God kept the lions at bay, God must have done the same to many of the attendees who were silent and attentive as the bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville delivered his message.
Flores spoke on the intersection of faith and politics urging voters to vote with their conscience, however, he refrained from endorsing a specific candidate.
“Bishops don’t do that,” he said.
The purpose, Flores said, was to guide them in how to think as they cast their ballots in November.
But vote they must, as participating in elections is the most practical thing one can do, he said. Representatives from AACT, the Advocacy Alliance Center for Texas, were on hand for information on registering to vote.
But Flores acknowledged that voting with your conscience was easier said than done as the views of the Catholic Church don’t always align perfectly with one party or another. “Why is it that one party will defend the immigrant but not the unborn?” Flores said. “And why is it that one party will defend the unborn but not the immigrant?”
This isn’t the first time the bishop has participated in such an event. The office of Campus and Young Adult Ministry work with the bishop to organize events such as these, held a discussion four years ago, in the run-up to the last presidential election.
However, part of his message is that voters must take interest in the issues, not just during presidential elections, but every year and he went on to emphasize the importance of local elections.
“Because frankly we don’t elect a king,” he said. “Who we elect to Congress could be as decisive as who we elect for president.”