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Faithful Citizenship in November and Beyond

by Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop Paul S. Loverde

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    Letter to Catholics on Election Day 2014
    Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, VA and Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond, VA, released this letter to Catholics for Election Day.
  • Publisher & Date:
    Diocese of Arlington and Diocese of Richmond, October 2014

Last year, speaking about the need to engage in the political process, Pope Francis said, “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”

As we approach Election Day – Tuesday, November 4 – we remember that “offering the best” of ourselves means voting with well-formed consciences, drawing on the consistent moral teachings of our Catholic faith.

To ensure our parishioners have correctly formed consciences, we offer what we believe is an essential three-part framework, which we have shared with you before previous elections. We invite you to consider this framework prayerfully as you prepare to make important decisions this November and beyond.

To learn more about conscience formation and faithful citizenship, please visit the Virginia Catholic Conference’s website (www.vacatholic.org). The Conference’s site offers a variety of pre-election resources, including a list of questions – on issues of particular concern to the Church and many Catholics – that we encourage you to ask the candidates on your ballot directly before you vote.

Embracing our dual heritage as faithful Catholics and American citizens, let our moral principles guide our decisions in the voting booth and direct our dialogue in the public square.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
Bishop of Arlington

Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo
Bishop of Richmond

© Catholic Diocese of Arlington

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