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Faithful Citizenship: Elections-And Your Vote-Matter

Image of crucific laying on top of a U.S. flagOn Tuesday, November 6, citizens registered to vote in the State of Michigan will participate in the General Election. This year’s mid-term election is as important as any other, with the outcome determining majority control in the Michigan Legislature, along with prominent positions in local, statewide, and federal office.

Read "The Issues, The Candidates and Your Vote 2018" from the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Elections have the potential to transform the institutions and issues people care about, including the economic opportunity in their community, the availability of affordable housing, the safety of the roads and bridges on which they travel, or the way human dignity is upheld. For better or for worse, communities feel the impact of the decisions made by their elected officials, and having an opportunity to voice concerns and hold officials accountable is paramount in the American political system. (Read more from The Word from Lansing Column: Elections - And Your Vote - Matter on the Michigan Catholic Conference website)

Faithful Citizenship

As a matter of conscience, when it comes to elections, Catholics are encouraged to examine the pertinent issues, and make choices that are most in accord with the common good of our nation: with respect for human life & dignity, social justice, and peace. Find resources to help guide you in this process below.

As election day nears, let the Spirit be your guide (Bishop Walkowiak, October 2016 FAITH) 


  • About 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.  

  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is the call to political responsibility for Catholics in the United States. The document was approved by the U.S. bishops in 2007, reissued in 2011 and updated again in 2015.  

The struggles that we face as a nation and as a global community cannot be addressed solely by choosing the "best candidate" for political office. In addition to forming our consciences, we must fast and pray, asking our loving and gracious God to give us the ability to effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our daily witness to our faith and its teachings. (USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2015)  

Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) (the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan)
Current Issues | Join the Catholic Advocacy Network
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (the public policy voice for the Catholic Church regarding national issues)
Current Issues | Take Action
Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good (Most Rev. Joseph Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky and former USCCB president)
Philadelphia's Archbishop Chaput: Thoughts before the 2016 election: Sex, family and the liberty of the Church

Other Resources
What is Catholic Social Teaching?
Development of Conscience
(Reflection by Sister Barbara Cline, FSE, from March 2012 FAITH Grand Rapids magazine)


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