The presidential election cycle in our country is underway with primary season having begun in Iowa in early February. As the season continues, voters will determine which candidates end up with a place in the general election. As a part of understanding and participating in our country’s electoral process, Catholics are called to the vocation of faith-filled citizenship.
Catholics Care, Catholics Vote: Faithful Citizenship
As Catholics, we are members of a community of faith with a long tradition of teaching and action on human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace, care for creation, and the common good. We’re encouraged to examine the pertinent issues, and make choices that are most in line with this tradition of teaching and action. As Americans, we are also blessed with religious liberty which safeguards our right to bring our principles and moral convictions into the public arena. These Constitutional freedoms need to be both exercised and protected.
Catholics are called to engage in the political process, guided by a well-formed conscience. To aid us in this process, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español). This document represents the U.S. bishops’ guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our country’s democracy. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship doesn’t instruct Catholics to endorse specific candidates or issues, but instead is intended as a teaching guide.
Videos to inspire Catholics to prayer and action in political life (USCCB YouTube, February 2020)
As election day nears, let the Spirit be your guide (Bishop Walkowiak, October 2016)
Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate
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? The U.S. bishops’ have responded that question with Civilize It, a campaign that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue in the 2020 campaign season. The year-long campaign begins Nov. 3. Learn more, sign the #CivilizeIt pledge.
Michigan Voter Information:
To view sample ballots, or to check your registration status and polling location, visit https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/.