Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.
“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”
– Pope Francis, 9/16/13
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
There are multiple approved resources available for Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. We are providing a DVD to parishes with most of these resources to make it easier to host a program. For more information contact Diane Zbasnik in the Social Action Office. Click Here for a resource list. (En Español)
KEY RESOURCES TO SHARE
- Catholic Conference of Ohio Election Issues Page
- Diocese of Cleveland Faithful Citizenship Page
- Conscience Formation (USCCB)
- The Challenge of Forming Consciences, Part 1 (USCCB)
- The Challenge of Forming Consciences, Part 2 (USCCB)
- Making Moral Choices from the Catholic Conference of Ohio
- Ohio Board of Elections Information
- Do’s and Don’ts During an Election (USCCB)
- Catholics In Political Life (USCCB)
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