Forming-ConsciencesForming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Parish Leaders

Information for parish leaders on what the Church teaches about participating in public life, including guidelines for conducting political candidate forums, encouraging civil dialogue, prayers, reflections, graphics, bulletin inserts, and homily, liturgy, and prayer suggestions.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

Teaching document from the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the political responsibility of Catholics for exercising their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. It calls Catholics to form their consciences in the light of their faith and to bring Catholic moral principles to the debate and decisions about candidates and issues.
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Questions for Reflection and Discussion Based on Faithful Citizenship

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Videos for Faithful Citizenship

Includes examples of Faithful Citizenship, a video quiz and more.
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Tips for Conducting Candidate Forums

Suggestions for conducting candidate forums as a way to educate voters about the candidates.
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Do's and Don'ts Guidelines During Election Season

Information on what federal law allows churches to do concerning politics, activities that are encouraged, and thing parishes should avoid.
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Graphics for Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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Bulletin Inserts

The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Brief document summarizing the United States bishops' reflection Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
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Conscience Formation

Answers questions about conscience formation, how to go about the ongoing task of forming a conscience, and more.
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Civil Dialogue

This bulletin insert includes a reflection by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., on why we are called, as Catholics to loving, respectful, and civil discourse.
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Contacting Your Elected Officials

Tells how Catholics, as faithful citizens, can make their voices heard in the public square by contacting elected officials.
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Liturgy and Prayer Suggestions

During the months and weeks preceding election day, but particularly on Nov. 2, 2014, eucharistic liturgies and prayers associated with other parish activities provide opportunities to reflect on our responsibilities as "faithful citizens."
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General Prayer and Reflection Resources

Prayer and reflection experiences that help parishioners understand more deeply how to recognize Christ in the poorest and most vulnerable, and then how to respond to the call to act on their behalf through political involvement.
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Family Guide for Faithful Citizenship

A guide for discussing political matters with family members of all ages.
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Prayers

Novena for Faithful Citizenship

Novena, rooted in the biblical tradition and the Church's social teaching, to promote justice and peace in our neighborhoods, our country, and our world.
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Praying Like a Faithful Citizen

Suggestions for nine ways to pray like a Faithful Citizen.
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Prayer Before an Election

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Prayer After an Election

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Take Action Now

Information on pending legislation, Church work on policy issues, prayers, sign up for or see action alerts, contact your elected officials.
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Blogs: Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

Eleven-part series from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops unpacking and exploring the themes of the U.S. Bishops's document on political responsibility, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." It will include issues affecting human life and dignity, hot-button social concerns, and the principles that shape the conscience formation and civic involvement of Catholics.
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Spanish Blogs/Blogs Español: A los católicos les importa. los católicos votan.

Elección especial serie de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos
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Contact

Catherine M. Orr
Director of Living Justice
Diocese of Green Bay
Dept. of Living Justice
Phone: (920) 272-8299 or 1-887-500-3580, ext. 8299 
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