What is Faithful Citizenship?
- It is a call to political responsibility.
- It is a call to become informed and to form our consciences in accord with the Gospel and our Catholic faith, and then to become active in the public square and the political process -- including voting. Our Catholic faith offers us valuable principals and encourages active participation in the political life of our nation, state and communities.
Pope Francis reminds us, “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: ‘a good Catholic is not interested in politics.’ This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." (Pope Francis, Sept. 16, 2013)
Online Voter Information
The website of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – www.faithfulcitizenship.org – provides valuable information to Catholic citizens on the issues of the day, including access to the full text of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”
The website of the Minnesota Catholic Conference – www.mncatholic.org – offers information about Catholic social and moral teaching on local and national issues. (The MCC is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota.)
The website of the Minnesota Secretary of State – www.mnvotes.org – provides information about voting, registering to vote, finding your polling place, viewing sample ballots, and more.
Excerpts from: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
“The Catholic community is large and diverse. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We are members of every race, come from every ethnic background, and live in urban, rural, and suburban communities in all fifty states. We are CEO’s and migrant farm workers, senators and persons on public assistance, business owners and union members. But all Catholics are called to a common commitment to protect human life and stand with those who are poor and vulnerable. We are all called to provide a moral leaven for our democracy, to be the salt of the earth.”
"We bishops seek to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with the truth, so they can make sound moral choices in addressing these challenges. We do not tell Catholics how to vote. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience."
"Conscience is a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act . . . . (Every person) is obliged to follow faithfully what he (or she) knows to be just and right' (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1778). We Catholics have a lifelong obligation to form our consciences in accord with human reason, enlightened by the teaching of Christ as it comes to us through the Church."
"A consistent ethic of life should guide all Catholic engagement in political life. This Catholic ethic neither treats all issues as morally equivalent nor reduces Catholic teaching to one or two issues. It anchors the Catholic commitment to defend human life and other human rights, from conception until natural death, in the fundamental obligation to respect the dignity of every human being as a child of God."
"In light of (Catholic teaching) and the blessings we share as part of a free and democratic nation, we bishops vigorously repeat our call for a renewed kind of politics focused more on moral principles than on the latest polls; more on the needs of the weak than on benefits for the strong; more on the pursuit of the common good than on the demands of narrow interests. This kind of political participation reflects the social teaching of our Church and the best traditions of our nation."