US bishops offer politics, conscience guide

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, a politics, conscience guide on the responsibility of Catholic voters. This statement represents the bishops’ guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy and the upcoming elections. Visit http://tinyurl.com/usccbguide.

The Church, ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines’

The US bishops' politics, conscience guide features excerpts from the writings of Pope Francis, shown here.

An authentic faith . . . always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, it hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,” the Church, “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.”
– Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183, excerpt

Politics, conscience: ‘An essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will’

Building a world of respect for human life and dignity, where justice and peace prevail, requires more than just political commitment. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and governments all have a role to play. Participation in political life in light of fundamental moral principles is an essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will.
– US Catholic bishops

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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