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

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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