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"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." 9/16/13Pope Francis

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.

You are also called to be responsible citizens, and to contribute fruitfully – as those who came before you did with such fortitude – to the life of the communities in which you live. I think in particular of the vibrant faith which so many of you possess, the deep sense of family life and all those other values which you have inherited. By contributing your gifts, you will not only find your place here, you will help to renew society from within. Do not forget what took place here over two centuries ago. Do not forget that Declaration which proclaimed that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights and that governments exist in order to protect and defend those rights.Pope Francis in Philadelphia

RECURSOS EN ESPAÑOL

Los obispos católicos de los Estados Unidos se complacen en ofrecer una vez más a los fieles católicos Formando la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles , nuestro documento sobre la responsabilidad política de los católicos. Esta declaración representa una guía para los católicos al ejercer sus derechos y obligaciones como participantes en nuestra democracia. Instamos a nuestros pastores, laicos y fieles religiosos, y todas las personas de buena voluntad a utilizar esta declaración para ayudar a formar su conciencia; para enseñar a los que están a su cuidado; para contribuir al diálogo público civil y respetuoso; y para dar forma a las decisiones políticas en las próximas elecciones a la luz de la doctrina católica. La declaración levanta nuestra doble herencia ya que tanto como fieles católicos y ciudadanos americanos tenemos el derecho y obligación de participar en el orden civil.

 

También están llamados a ser ciudadanos responsables y a contribuir –como lo hicieron con tanta fortaleza los que vinieron antes-, a contribuir provechosamente a la vida de las comunidades en que viven. Pienso, en particular, en la vibrante fe que muchos de ustedes poseen, en el profundo sentido de la vida familiar y los demás valores que han heredado. Al contribuir con sus dones, no solo encontrarán su lugar aquí, sino que ayudarán a renovar la sociedad desde dentro. No perder la memoria de lo que pasó aquí hace más de dos siglos. No perder la memoria de aquella Declaración que proclamó que todos los hombres y mujeres fueron creados iguales, que están dotados por su Creador de ciertos derechos inalienables, y que los gobiernos existen para proteger y defender esos derechos.Pope Francis in Philadelphia