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Faithful Citizenship

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)
 
Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) (the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan)
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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (the public policy voice for the Catholic Church regarding national issues)
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Bishops promote political responsibility with online resources
News release & resource links (April 25, 2012)

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rming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship document
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Parish Resources
Bulletin Insert: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (English | Español)
 
 
Other Resources
What is Catholic Social Teaching?
Development of Conscience
(Reflection by Sr. Barbara Cline, FSE, for March 2012 FAITH Grand Rapids magazine)