We vote because we are citizens. But we vote conscientiously because we are people of faith. Our consciences are formed through studying Scripture
and the teachings of the Church, examination of the facts, and prayerful reflection.
These five topics are imperative for every conscious Catholic voter to consider this election season:
- Human Cloning
- Euthanasia (assisted suicide)
- Stem Cell Research
- Homosexual “Marriage”
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer 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 – please click here.
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