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.
“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 response to Jesus’ call to love our neighbor
- What does it mean to form my conscience?
- Examination of Conscience: Loving Our Neighbors in the Public Square
- Guidelines for Parishes during election season – Do’s and Don’ts (jpg)
- Activities that are allowed and encouraged (pdf)
- Voter Registration and Mobilization – Guidelines for Parishes (pdf)
- “Catholics Care. Catholics Vote” Faithful Citizenship Bulletin Insert (pdf)
- Questions for Reflection and Discussion of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship | en Español
- Summary Bulletin Insert Part 1 – The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Our Call as Catholic Citizens | en Español
- Summary Bulletin Insert Part 2 – The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Making Moral Choices and Applying Our Principles | en Español
- Elementary Lesson Plans | Esquemas de lecciones para escuelas de primaria
- Jr. High and High School Lesson Plans | Ejemplos de esquemas de lecciones y materiales para estudiantes de secundaria
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Resources for “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” website.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Introductory Letter – Click Here
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
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“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)
District Candidates & Representatives: Nov 3rd Elections
Candidate Officials are listed below by district number and name. Click on the name for more information on your district. Don’t know a representative? Use our online address search page to find your candidate officials.
California Voter Registration Information
How to vote in California
Many states have changed their voting rules and deadlines because of the coronavirus. Here’s how to cast your ballot, safely and on time. And remember, the dates listed below are the last possible opportunities to register and vote. If you can vote early, do. You’ll be doing your part to help the whole system run more smoothly.
Make sure you’ve successfully registered to vote in this election.
Check your registration status
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3
You do not need to bring an ID. (ID rules may vary for absentee ballots and first-time voters.)
You can vote by mail for any reason. Your ballot request must be received by Tuesday, October 27 and your completed ballot must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 3 and received no later than Friday, November 20
(The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing ballots at least a week before Election Day.)
You can hand-deliver your ballot to drop-off locations or any polling place in your county no later than 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 3
Depending on the county, polls are open from Monday, October 5, through Monday, November 2
Inscripción de votante en línea de California
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ADLA California State Senate Elections
*Incumbents are marked with an (i) after their name.
ADLA California Assembly Elections
*Incumbents are marked with an (i) after their name.
Democratic: Blanca Rubio (i)
Democratic: Wendy Carrillo
ADLA Congressional California Elections:
California’s November 2020 Ballot Propositions
California voters will be asked to vote on 12 statewide ballot measures in the 2020 General Election on November 3, 2020. As faithful citizens we are called to make informed voting decisions based on a clear understanding of our faith and a deep appreciation of life, the common good, solidarity, care for the poor and the other principles of faith and morals that are to guide our life. Below are descriptions of each proposition with clear background, non-partisan analysis and a sampling of the principles of Catholic social teaching to help us in that discernment.
Live the Gospel of Life: Respect Life Month Statement (PDF from USCCB)
Respect Life Month Statement (PDF from USCCB)
Resources for Respect Life Month (PDF from USCCB)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (PDF from USCCB)
Election Novena (PDF from USCCB)