At all levels of society, we are aware of a great need for leadership that models love for righteousness (Wisdom 1:1) as well as the virtues of justice, prudence, courage, and temperance. Our commitment as people of faith to imitate Christ’s love and compassion should challenge us to serve as models of civil dialogue, especially in a context where discourse is eroding at all levels of society. Where we live, work, and worship, we strive to understand before seeking to be understood, to treat with respect those with whom we disagree, to dismantle stereotypes, and to build productive conversation in place of vitriol.

Catholics from every walk of life can bring their faith and our consistent moral framework to contribute to important work in our communities, nation, and world on an ongoing basis, not just during election season. In this coming year and beyond, we urge leaders and all Catholics to respond in prayer and action to the call to faithful citizenship. In doing so, we live out the call to holiness and work with Christ as he builds his kingdom of love. – From the Introductory Letter to Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Presentation

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship PDF (at the USCCB Web Site)


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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2020.