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Faithful Citizenship


"In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."

- U.S. Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship


Doctrinal Note On Some Questions Regarding The Participation of Catholics in Political Life by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

Faithful Citizenship Website   This resource developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a listing of U.S. Catholic Bishops statements and Vatican statements as well as resources for the following:

 - Parishes & Schools
 - Church Teaching
 - All Catholics
 - Diocesan & Community Leaders
 - Campuses & Youth Adults
 - Youth
 - Media

U.S. Catholic Bishops' Faithful Citizenship Statement: 
"Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship:  A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States"

Full Statement | In Spanish
Bulletin Insert (abridged version) | In Spanish

Faithful Citizenship Videos  These videos are designed to prove a lively but brief overview of the bishops' statement for use by small groups and classrooms.  English and Spanish.

Novena for Faithful Citizenship  Pray for justice, peace, and life with the Novena for Faithful Citizenship.  Download the Podcast and join Catholics throughout the United States in prayer.

What is Conscience?  Bulletin Insert  Provides Church teaching and reflections on conscience and conscience formation.

Civil Dialogue Bulletin Insert  Do your part to dialogue in a civil and respectful way.

Do's and Don'ts for Parishes  Political Responsibility Guidelines to Keep in Mind during Election Season (USCCB Faithful Citizenship) 

Voter Education and Voter Registration Drives  Tips from USCCB on how to conduct the voter education and voter registration drives in your parish.  Voter Registration Instructions - Ohio Secretary of State

Catholic Conference of Ohio  This site provides a comprehensive listing of state issues and voter questions.

Election Issues  An overview of Church teaching on Faithful Citizenship.

Presentations  Office for Social Concerns staff are scheduled to give presentations on Faithful Citizenship throughout the diocese.

"Meet the Candidate" Forums  The Office for Social Concerns is part of the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government.  Non-partisan candidate forums are hosted by many local organizations and religious groups.

For more information and additional locations, call (614) 241-2540 or go online at

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