“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 or her 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. 19131915).
We Catholics are called to look at politics as we are called to look at everythingthrough the lens of our faith. We should be guided by evaluating the important issues facing our state and nation by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church. Our national and state elected officials have profound influence on countless matters of great importance, such as the right to life, issues of war and peace, eliminating racism, concern for refugees and immigrants, the education of children and how we treat the poor and vulnerable among others. We must look at all of these issues as we form our consciences in preparation for Election Day. We properly form our conscience by reflecting on the moral and social teachings of our Church. Everyone is strongly urged to vote on Election Day. For when you vote, you are exercising your cherished right and your solemn duty as American Catholic Citizens.
Please take the time to reflect and pray before voting.