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

Pledge:

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? 

Handouts:

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)

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.

1. Register
Deadline is Monday, October 19
If you miss it, you can register in person through Election Day. Register online

2. Confirm
Make sure you’ve successfully registered to vote in this election.
Check your registration status

3. Vote
In-Person Voting
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.)

Vote-by-Mail/Absentee
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

Early Voting
Depending on the county, polls are open from Monday, October 5, through Monday, November 2

Spanish Information:

Inscripción de votante en línea de California
https://registertovote.ca.gov/es-mx
Source: Apple News Spotlight 

ADLA California State Senate Elections
*Incumbents are marked with an (i) after their name.

District 19:
Democratic: S. Monique Limón 
Republican: Gary Michaels (i)

District 21:
Democratic: Kipp Mueller
Republican: Scott Wilk (i)

District 25:
Democratic: Anthony Portantino, Jr. (i)
Republican: Kathleen Hazelton

District 27:
Democratic: Henry Stern (i)
Republican: Houman Salem

District 29:
Democratic: Josh Newman
Republican: Ling Ling Chang (i)

District 33:
Democratic: Lena Gonzalez (i), Elizabeth Castillo

ADLA California Assembly Elections
*Incumbents are marked with an (i) after their name.

District 35:
Democratic: Dawn Addis Candidate Connection
Republican: Jordan Cunningham (i)

District 36:
Democratic: Steve Fox 
Republican: Tom Lackey (i)

District 37:
Democratic: Steve Bennett 
Republican: Charles Cole

District 38:
Republican: Lucie Lapointe Volotzky, Suzette Martinez Valladares

District 39:
Democratic: Luz Maria Rivas (i)
Republican: Ricardo Benitez

District 41:
Democratic: Chris Holden (i)
Republican: Robin Hvidston

District 43:
Democratic: Laura Friedman (i)
Republican: Mike Graves

District 44:
Democratic: Jacqui Irwin (i)
Republican: Denise Pedrow

District 45:
Democratic: Jesse Gabriel (i)
Republican: Jeffi Girgenti

District 46:
Democratic: Adrin Nazarian (i), Lanira Murphy

District 48:
Democratic: Blanca Rubio (i)

District 49:
Democratic: Edwin Chau (i)
Republican: Burton Brink

District 50:
Democratic: Richard Bloom (i), Will Hess

District 51:
Democratic: Wendy Carrillo

District 52:
Democratic: Freddie Rodriguez (i)
Republican: Toni Holle

District 53:
Democratic: Miguel Santiago (i), Godfrey Santos Plata

District 54:
Democratic: Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Tracy Bernard Jones

District 55:
Democratic: Andrew Rodriguez 
Republican: Phillip Chen

District 57:
Democratic: Lisa Calderon 
Republican: Jessica Martinez

District 58:
Democratic: Cristina Garcia (i)
Margaret Villa (Green Party)

District 59:
Democratic: Reginald Jones-Sawyer (i), Efren Martinez

District 62:
Democratic: Autumn Burke (i)
Republican: Robert Steele

District 63:
Democratic: Anthony Rendon (i), Maria Estrada

District 64:
Democratic: Mike Gipson (i), Fatima Iqbal-Zubair

District 66:
Democratic: Al Muratsuchi (i), 
Republican: Arthur Schaper

District 70:
Democratic: Patrick O’Donnell (i)
Republican: David Thomas

ADLA Congressional California Elections:

District 23:
Kevin McCarthy  (Incumbent) (Republican Party)
Kim Mangone  (Democratic Party) Candidate Connection

District 24:
Salud Carbajal  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Andy Caldwell  (Republican Party)

District 25:
Mike Garcia  (Incumbent) (Republican Party) Candidate Connection
Christy Smith  (Democratic Party)

District 26:
Julia Brownley  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy  (Republican Party)

District 27:
Judy Chu  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Johnny Nalbandian  (Republican Party)

District 28:
Adam Schiff  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Eric Early  (Republican Party)

District 29:
Tony Cárdenas  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Angelica Dueñas  (Democratic Party)

District 30:
Brad Sherman  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Mark Reed  (Republican Party)

District 32:
Grace Napolitano (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Joshua Scott  (Republican Party)

District 33:
Ted Lieu  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
James P. Bradley  (Republican Party)

District 34:
Jimmy Gomez  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
David Kim  (Democratic Party)

District 35: 
Norma Torres  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Mike Cargile  (Republican Party) 

District 37: 
Karen Bass  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)                                                                                        
Errol Webber  (Republican Party

District 38:
Linda Sánchez  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Michael Tolar  (Democratic Party)

District 39:
Gil Cisneros  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Young Kim  (Republican Party)

District 40:
Lucille Roybal-Allard  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
C. Antonio Delgado (Republican Party)

District 43:
Maxine Waters  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Joe Collins  (Republican Party)

District 44:
Nanette Barragán  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
Analilia Joya  (Democratic Party)

District 47:
Alan Lowenthal  (Incumbent) (Democratic Party)
John Briscoe  (Republican Party)

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. 

Click Here to View 2020 Ballot Propositions

Additional Resources

Find Your Elected Officials

California Catholic Conference

Catholic Social Teaching 101 

Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Poster

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