The campaign has finally ended. The election is done. The citizens of our country have weighed in through the ballot box. I congratulate President Barack Obama on his re-election and thank Governor Mitt Romney for carrying out a vigorous national campaign. Speaking for the Catholic community, I also thank the senatorial, congressional, and state candidates for their commitment to public service and their willingness to serve in these difficult times.
It has been a distinctly difficult and at times a very harsh campaign. We cannot put aside our serious commitment to the critical issues of our day, particularly the sacredness and dignity of human life, the sacredness and dignity of the family, and especially the preservation of religious freedom. We must commit ourselves to reasoned, faithful dialogue on the issues that divide us, and seek out that which unites us.
God bless all of you and God bless the United States of America!