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A Bishop's Perspective: Faith and politics
by Bishop Edward J. Burns of Dallas

Only through a right understanding of the moral order will we be able to live in freedom, peace and liberty, the inalienable rights granted to us by our Creator. With this understanding, faith and politics do play an important role of integrating the moral order with society so that all might live in peace, freedom and liberty. While democracy is the best means whereby citizens participate in the political governance of the country, it is only successful when first and foremost there is a complete and thorough understanding of human life and dignity. The attack against the very essence of human life, such as abortion, constitutes an intrinsic evil.

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Joint Statement on Voting
by former Bishop of Dallas, now Cardinal, Kevin Farrell
and former Bishop of Fort Worth Kevin Vann

Joint_Statement_Logo.pngEnglish Two-Page Bulletin Insert 
Spanish Two-Page Bulletin Insert 
English Three-Page Format 
Spanish Three-Page Format

The Catholic Pro-Life Community, Knights of Columbus, and Parish Pro-Life Coordinators have been asked by former Bishop Farrell to assist pastors with the distribution of this joint statement and the below voter education documents as bulletin inserts or handouts in the parishes. 

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
by the Bishops of the United States




Moral Principles for Catholic Voters
by the Kansas Catholic Conference


English Version
Spanish Version 



Abortion and Catholic Social Teaching
by Fr. Thomas D. Williams, L.C., USCCB 2007-08 Respect Life Program 


Bulletin Insert - English
Bulletin Insert - Spanish
Pamphlet - English
Pamphlet - Spanish



Conscience and the Catholic Voter
by Bishop William Lori, Diocese of Bridgeport, USCCB 2008-09 Respect Life Program


Bulletin Insert - English
Bulletin Insert - Spanish
Pamphlet - English
Pamphlet - Spanish
Full Version - English
Full Version - Spanish


Respect for Unborn Human Life: The Church's Constant Teaching
By the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities


Guidelines for Advocacy and Political Participation Pastors & Ministry Leaders
By Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

“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