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)