In honor of today's midterm elections, I wanted to address an issue that we face as members of a society that does not align with our faith. Regularly, things are made legal that are not moral and we are forced to discern between the two. Just because our government says it is okay to do something does not mean that our faith does.
We have to, as members of the Body of Christ, discern between the two. Doing this requires us to have the knowledge and wisdom to collect information and make an informed decision. It is important to know our faith; without knowledge, we will be unable to identify what the Church teaches it and use it to guide us.
Although our government has some just laws, such as punishment for murder or stealing, there are also laws that our Catholic faith does not believe is moral or just. The most important thing to know though is that despite Jesus' instruction to give what to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, it was wrong to kill Jesus regardless of the crimes He did (or did not ) commit. It was legal to release Barabbas; it was not moral.
Ultimately, the responsibility falls to you to either shout with the crowd, "Crucify him!" or to listen and learn from him. The Jewish people took comfort in the legality at the priests hid behind resulting in Jesus' death.
While we cannot impose our morality onto another, we can pursue morality in our lives. Don't use legality to soothe your conscience; strive to intentionally live counter-culture despite how easy it would be just like legally rather than morally. Seek out the knowledge to discern wisely and faithfully. Ultimately, only you can decide when the two do not align.