The obligation to participate in political life is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person.... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” (nos. 1913-1915).
- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, No. 13
As a nation, we share many blessings and strengths, including a tradition of religious freedom and political participation. However, as a people, we face serious challenges that are both political and moral. This has always been so and as Catholics we are called to participate in public life in a manner consistent with the mission of our Lord, a mission that he has called us to share. (Forming Consciences, no. 1)
Faithful citizenship is about more than voting in elections. It requires ongoing participation in the continuing political and legislative process. And in order to do that, we need to do the hard work of forming our consciences and praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You can learn more by exploring the helpful resources we have provided below. For those interested in immersing themselves even deeper into faithful citizenship, please read the USCCB's Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship here.