Faithful Citizenship

Resources for Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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“We know that God is One and God is Love. And we know that every human life begins as a thought of love in the mind of God. So every life is precious and every life is sacred — the child in her mother’s womb; the person who is disabled; the one who is old or sick; the homeless, the criminal, the immigrant and refugee. Nothing can separate any of us from the love of God! Not health or wealth. Not our “status” in society. We are all God’s children!”

-Archbishop José H. Gomez

Archbishop Gomez at the One Life LA event Catholics have a religious and moral obligation to be faithful citizens. We carry out this duty in many ways — by running for political office; by working within political parties; by communicating our concerns and positions to our elected officials; and by joining Church and community organizations that seek justice and the common good in society.

On these pages, you will find resources to help you form your conscience in light of Catholic teaching and become better informed about issues of importance to the Catholic community.


Parish Resources

“An authentic faith… always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,” the Church, “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183)

Civil Dialogue: A Better Way Forward


A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate? 


Parish Guidelines

Faithful Citizenship

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Resources for “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” website. 

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Introductory Letter – Click Here

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Documents: English and Spanish

Guidelines Regarding the Inclusion of Political Content in the Church’s Regularly Published Periodicals – By the California Catholic Conference – Click Here

Policy on Political Materials – By the California Catholic Conference – Click Here

Video series in 4 languages.

English Spanish Vietnamese Filipino (Tagalog)
Catholics Participate in Public Life View Here View Here View Here View Here
Catholics Protect Human Life and Dignity View Here View Here View Here View Here
Catholics Promote the Common Good View Here View Here View Here View Here
Catholics Love Their Neighbors View Here View Here View Here View Here
Faithful Citizens Work with Christ as he Builds His Kingdom View Here View Here View Here View Here


“Our redemption has a social dimension because “God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person, but also . . . social relations.” To believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in everyone means realizing that he seeks to penetrate every human situation and all social bonds. . . . Accepting the first proclamation, which invites us to receive God’s love and to love him in return with the very love which is his gift, brings forth in our lives and actions a primary and fundamental response: to desire, seek and protect the good of others.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 178)

Additional Resources