Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
November 3

Have you thought about how you will cast your ballot. Or have you thought about little else in this election cycle?

Politics, Pope Francis says, “is one of the highest forms of love, because it is in the service of the common good.” We engage in this political process not because we’re partisan, but because we’re Christian. Voting is not only a privilege, but an obligation.

Of course no candidate, and no party, completely adheres to this vision of the common good. Ours is a pluralistic society in which many do not share our faith or its social vision. What to do when no political party’s platform, and none of the candidates on the slate, seem to conform with the full integrity of these concerns?

The pastoral letter “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in late 2019, offers guidance to us, as American Catholics who are about to participate in our national and local elections. It offers a rich vision of the principles that should guide us in the voting process.

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