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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on 2020 Presidential Election

Catholics have a special duty to be peacemakers, to promote fraternity and mutual trust, and to pray for a renewed spirit of true patriotism in our country

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement congratulating President-elect Biden.  He also called upon  Catholics to respect the free expression of opinions and treat one another with charity and civility, even as we might disagree deeply in our debates on matters of law and public policy.

 

 

Ohio Bishops Offer "Reflections on Choosing Political Candidates"

Updated handout offers reflection questions and references based upon the USCCB "Faithful Citizenship" Document

This Catholic Conference of Ohio educational/bulletin insert offers reflections on:

Promoting the Sacredness of Human Life;
Applying a Consistent Moral Framework;
Making Decisions based upon Prudential Discernment; 
Serving as Models of Civil Dialogue


USCCB document: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

2020 Election Novena Resources


Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward


USCCB Releases Short Videos on Voting and Faithful Citizenship

Available on-line and in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released videos to inspire prayer and action in political life and to help Catholics apply the Church’s teaching as handed down by Pope Francis.  The videos complement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops’ teaching document for the faithful on the political responsibility of Catholics, and they seek to help the faithful participate in public life, prioritize faith over partisan politics, engage with civility, and respond to pressing issues of our day. Each video ends with a prayer.

The videos, which are available on the USCCB’s YouTube channel in four languages (English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese), are titled:

• Catholics Participate in Public Life
Catholics Protect Human Life and Dignity
Catholics Promote the Common Good
Catholics Love their Neighbors
Faithful Citizens Work with Christ as He Builds His Kingdom (a compilation of the four videos)

U. S. Bishops Approve Additions to Teaching Document on Political Responsibility

A short introductory letter and five short video scripts approved to supplement "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship"

An introductory letter  addressing current issues of the day and references to the teachings of Pope Francis was approved by USCCB to supplement  the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' existing document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. The letter affirms the "richness" that our faith brings to the public square, and addresses challenges that have become more pronounced:

"Pope Francis has continued to draw attention to important issues such as migration, xenophobia, racism, abortion, global conflict, and care for creation. In the United States and around the world, many challenges demand our attention.

The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed. At the same time, we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty."

Introductory Letter

Introductory Letter References to Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad #25, #101

Archdiocese of Cincinnati establishes a "Civility Campaign" for election dialogues

"Civilize It" campaign a model for other dioceses

The Civilize It Campaign invites people to consider taking a three-part pledge to respect civility, to reflect clarity in their point of view and to encounter others with compassion. Civility in politics is a virtue. The campaign stresses that respectful dialogue can take place among people of differing political views. It compliments the USCCB's Faithful Citizenship Program.
 

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Bishops of the United States Update Teaching Guide on Political Responsibility

 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility addresses four questions:

  1. Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy?

  2. Who in the Church should participate in political life?

  3. How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions

  4. What does the Church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square

The Statement is not intended to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote.

Additional Information on Election Issues

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