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Faithful Citizenship

"The Church teaches that all Catholics should participate as "faithful citizens" in the public square, especially through our voice in the voting booth, and that we have the responsibility to treat the decision for whom we will vote for with profound moral seriousness."  Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, former Bishop of Dallas

We as Catholics are called to participate as faithful citizens in elections. For resources in preparation for voting, visit the Faithful Citizenship website sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Please also read and share the Joint Statement by Bishops Farrell and Vann summarizing the teaching found in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, including the distinction between issues of prudential judgment and intrinsic evils:

“...not all issues have the same moral equivalence. Some issues involve ‘intrinsic evils’; that is, they can never under any circumstance or condition be morally justified. Preeminent among these intrinsic evils are legalized abortion, the promotion of same sex unions and ‘marriages’, repression of religious liberty, as well as public policies permitting euthanasia, racial discrimination or destructive human embryonic stem cell research.” 
Read entire statement. 

“Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” — Deuteronomy 16:20