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"Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."  USCCB

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1.  Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship - Introductory Note

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching.

The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order. First and foremost, however, we remember that we relate to the civil order as citizens of the heavenly Kingdom, whose reign is not yet fully realized on earth but demands our unqualified allegiance. It is as citizens faithful to the Lord Jesus that we contribute most effectively to the civil order.

For the entire document:  click on this link:

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship.pdf

2.  The Catholic as Citizen: Election Year Perspectives

“From all of these different perspectives, one lesson is clear:  Catholics ignore or stand aside from participation in the American political process at their own risk to their own peril”.  Lawrence R. Hennessey, Editor, Chicago Studies

This includes perspectives authored by Francis Cardinal George, OMI and Martin Zielinski. For six perspectives: click here:  “The Catholic as Citizen: Election Year Perspectives"