|Guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. |
As Catholics, we are members of a community of faith with a long tradition of teaching and action on human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace, care for creation, and the common good. As Americans, we are also blessed with religious liberty which safeguards our right to bring our principles and moral convictions into the public arena. These Constitutional freedoms need to be both exercised and protected. Catholics have the same rights and duties as others to participate fully in public life.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is the call to political responsibility for Catholics in the United States. It was approved by the U.S. bishops in 2007 and reissued in 2011.
“Our purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth. We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election.”
(FCFC, no. 7)