“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
As citizens of faith, we are led to question how each candidate will address issues that protect or threaten the dignity of every human life. Election season can be a great opportunity for catechesis about missionary discipleship and the political responsibilities of Catholics. Below are resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB) and more to help you form your conscience in good faith and answer questions about the Church’s role in political life. The majority of these resources are also available in Spanish at www.faithfulcitizenship.org.
Resources from Diocese of Orlando
- Bishop Noonan’s letter on Faithful Citizenship
- Video of Bishop Noonan’s homily at the Respect Life Conference in Orlando: “There is a clear distinction between political agenda and spiritual agenda”
USCCB Documents and Website Resources
- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
- Formando La Conciencia Para Ser Ciudadanos Fieles
- Faithful Citizenship Website, this site includes:
- Bulletin inserts
- Novena for Faithful Citizenship
- Liturgy and Prayer Suggestions
- Do’s and Don’ts during election season
- Voter Education
- Questions for Discussion on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
- Lesson Plans:
FCCB Website Resources
Candidate positions on issues are gathered for informational purposes only and are not used for endorsement of any candidate or political party.
- Election Materials and Guidelines
- Candidate Questionaire Project
Know the Positions of the Presidential Candidates
In keeping with its mission to educate and inform Catholics and assist the faithful with their responsibility to participate in political life, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB) has released its 2016 presidential guide, Know the Positions of the Presidential Candidates.
To help voters form their consciences before casting their ballots, the positions of the presidential candidates on several key issues have been compiled from policies, public statements, official and campaign websites and other resources. These issues do not represent a complete list of concerns that may be of importance to Catholics.
This document, approved for distribution in Florida parishes, is but one tool to help Catholics prepare for the election and is not a substitute for individual research and study. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience in accordance with human reason and the truths of our faith. The FCCB neither supports nor opposes any candidate for public office.
What is approved?
- Surveys or polls by outside organizations are not approved for distribution by Church entities unless prior approval has been granted by the local diocesan bishop or the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.