In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in the political process is a moral obligation. – Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, no. 13

We as Catholics are called to participate as faithful citizens in the 2012 election.  Election Day is November 6.  For information on when and where to vote, visit canivote.org maintained by the National Association of Secretaries of State.  (Be sure to check out your options for early voting!)

For resources in preparation for voting, visit the Faithful Citizenship website sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:  faithfulcitizenship.org.   As Catholics, our vote must be the product of a properly formed conscience and the virtue of prudence, discerning between those issues that are matters of prudential judgment and those that involve intrinsic evils:

"There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. These intrinsically evil acts must always be rejected and never supported. A preeminent example is the intentional taking of human life through abortion. It is always morally wrong to destroy innocent human beings. A legal system that allows the right to life to be violated on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed.

Similarly, direct threats to the dignity of human life such as euthanasia, human cloning, and destructive research on human embryos are also intrinsically evil and must be opposed. Other assaults on human life and dignity, such as genocide, torture, racism, and the targeting of noncombatants in acts of terror or war, can never be justified. Disrespect for any human life diminishes respect for all human life.

As Catholics we are not single-issue voters.  A candidate’s position on a single issue is not sufficient to guarantee a voter’s support. Yet a candidate’s position on a single issue that involves an intrinsic evil, such as support for legal abortion or the promotion of racism, may legitimately lead a voter to disqualify a candidate from receiving support."  –
The Challenge of Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship

**The Share the Truth project offers bilingual Faithful Citizenship presentations to parishes in the Diocese of Dallas.  If you are interested in bringing one of our speakers to your parish, contact 972-267-LIFE (5433) or (If your parish is outside the diocese, we are happy to provide you a template for these presentations). **

Please join us in prayerful discernment and informed participation in our political process "to promote and protect human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace in service to the common good."  (FC Introduction 2011)

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