In this presidential election year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released its quadrennial document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” to help the faithful better understand their political responsibility not only at the polls in November but as they consider the multitude of issues that face our society on a daily basis.
This year’s document is one that was issued in 2007 but contains a new introductory note explaining that the document reflects the bishops’ teaching and their guidance for Catholics as they exercise their rights and duties under American democracy.
The document and related material is available at www.faithfulcitizenship.org. The five primary parts of “Faithful Citizenship” are:
Part I - The U.S. Bishops' Reflection on Catholic Teaching and Political Life
Part II - Applying Catholic Teaching to Major Issues: A Summary of Policy Positions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Part III - Goals for Political Life: Challenges for Citizens, Candidates, and Public Officials
Major Catholic Statements on Public Moral Issues
The resource material includes planning ideas for parishes, schools and campus ministry. The website also contains a series of videos on the main issues facing Americans this election year.