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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

"Responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation."
-- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 
 

The Catholic Church encourages its members to exercise their right to vote on election day, November 3, 2020, or by absentee ballot, which must be received at your city or town hall by 8 p.m. on that Tuesday.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible, citizens should take an active part in public life" (nos. 1913-1915).

While Catholics are encouraged to vote, the Catholic Church does not tell them for whom to vote, nor does it endorse candidates.  Instead, the United States Bishops have stated that their aim is "to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God's truth." The bishops state, "We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election."

To assist Catholics as we approach election day, the Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to share Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.   In addition, you will find other helpful resources below, including Bishop Robert Deeley's recent reflection on the faithful citizenship that appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Harvest magazine.

Resources

* Bishop Robert Deeley's reflection on Our Call to Faithful Citizenship

* Bishop Robert Deeley's message on elections, civic duty, and how to apply the structure of Jesus to both

* Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship - Engilish 

Formando la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles - en Español

* The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Our Call as Catholic Citizens (Printable Summary - Part 1)

The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Making Moral Choices and Applying Our Principles (Printable Summary - Part 2)

El reto de formar la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles: Nuestro llamado como ciudadanos católicos

El reto de formar la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles: Tomar decisiones morales y aplicar nuestros principios

* Bulletin anouncements for parishes

Civil Dialogue: A response to Jesus' call to love our neighbor.

Faithful citizenship discussion questions

* Novena for Faithful Citizenship (English) / (en Español)

* What does it mean to form my conscience? (Bulletin insert)

* Information about Voting by Mail in Maine

For additional resources, please visit the USCCB's faithful citizenship resource page.