Our call as Catholics is to witness God’s love and vision for the Kingdom of God through our lives: our prayer, family life, work, and participation in the political and civic processes. This includes charity work and advocacy for justice in our communities, engaging in civil and respectful conversations even when we disagree, staying informed about policies and decisions affecting our communities, and forming our consciences so we are equipped to make decisions when voting and acting in the public arena.
We invite you to use this page as a tool on your journey of faithful citizenship!
Resources from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
Our faith does not endorse any political party or candidate; rather, our faith calls us to make informed decisions, always seeking to support and promote the dignity of life and the common good of our communities. The USCCB offers the following resources on this topic:
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility The USCCB updated their 2015 statement (same title) in preparation for the 2020 general election.
Further Resources of Value
Explore the education and advocacy resources from Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis by clicking HERE.
Read Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker J. Palmer. (This link also includes great video resources and discussion guides!) Click HERE to access a synthesis of one of the major themes of the book: “Five Habits of the Heart that Make Democracy Possible.”
The blog “Catholic Moral Theology” has a series called Conscience at the Polls. Click HERE for the first introductory post (with links to subsequent posts).
Fr. Thomas Krenik, Pastor of Risen Savior, created the following document to help understand and reflect on the role of conscience as it relates to voting in particular.