David D. Kagan, Bishop of the Diocese of Bismarck and apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Fargo, has issued the following clarification about his letter on Catholic Citizenship:

"In my recent letter to the faithful on Catholic citizenship I called on Catholics to vote for the candidates who represent them as Catholic citizens and not the candidates who are most likable.  Some people have expressed concern that those words were a reference to a particular candidate in North Dakota.  They were not.
 
"I was merely expressing well-established Catholic teaching that there are more important things than likability when it comes to choosing a candidate to support.  I was unaware of any efforts by campaigns to make likability or dislikability an issue.  Any similarity between my letter and campaign tactics is an unfortunate coincidence. My words were not intended to be and should not be construed as supporting or opposing any particular candidate."
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