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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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  • Descriptive Title:
    A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States
    Description:
    This document was approved by the Catholic Bishops of the United States at their annual conference held in Baltimore, MD in November, 2007. According to the Bishops the purpose of this document is "to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth. We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election."
  • Publisher & Date:
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 14, 2007

CONTENTS

Part I. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: The U.S. Bishops’ Reflection on Catholic Teaching and Political Life
Introduction
Why Does the Church Teach About Issues Affecting Public Policy?
Who in the Church Should Participate in Political Life?
How Does the Church Help the Catholic Faithful to Speak About Political and Social Questions?
What Does the Church Say About Catholic Social Teaching in the Public Square?—Seven Key Themes
Conclusion

Part II. Applying Catholic Teaching to Major Issues: A Summary of Policy Positions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Human Life
Family Life
Social Justice
Global Solidarity

Part III. Goals for Political Life: Challenges for Citizens, Candidates, and Public Officials

Notes

References

Major Catholic Statements on Public Life and Moral Issues

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