"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." - Pope Francis
Parishes and ministries are encouraged to teach and explore the principles detailed in Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship throughout the election season. Scroll to the end of the article for graphics to use with these bulletin announcements.
What Is Faithful Citizenship?
Social ministry programs offer parishes a way to live out the concluding words of Mass: "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord." This is a call rooted in Scripture that goes beyond the charity works that many parishes offer, to realize that the charity and justice must be integrated into parish life. Depending on the size and demographics of a parish, the social ministry can reflect issues of concern in the local community or the parish’s resolve to stand in solidarity on more complex issues of moral and human dimensions.
Faith Matters - a sixty-second reflection about faith, family and the issues that Catholics care about. These short messages, recorded by the bishops of California, air on Catholic radio stations around the state.
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops has prepared the following instruction on political advocacy for use by Catholic clergy and parishioners:
In a 2013 reflection entitled Pray for Politicians that They Govern Us Well, Pope Francis, wrote: