The following set of pages are a reposting of the USCCB‘s on Faithful Citizenship microsite. I am doing this increase exposure of the document as well as to provide a forum to study and comment on it.
“Responsible citizenship is a virtue,
and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
— Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be “salt for the earth, light for the nations.” As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person … As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” (nos. 1913-1915).
The Parish Guide to Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship provides a road map for a successful implementation of the principles in the document.