CA bishops: Participation in public life a moral obligation
May 24th, 2016
Wondering how or whether to vote on June 7?
The California bishops published an updated Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ to guide Catholics in discerning how to vote and to act in public life. It can be found here: www.cacatholic.org/sites/cacatholic/files/fc_faq.pdf.
In the 29 page document published May 19 on the California Catholic Conference website, the bishops are guided by the U.S. bishops’ guide to political action, “Forming Consciences for a Faithful Citizenship,” updated in November 2015.
The California bishops state, “In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to any political party or interest group. In today’s environment, Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and few candidates fully share our comprehensive commitment to human life and dignity. This should not discourage us. On the contrary, it makes our obligation to act all the more urgent.”
The California Catholic Conference provides summaries of major social encyclicals and letters, statements from the bishops of California, information on specific legislation and details of the important policy debates current in the Golden State. Visit www.cacatholic.org for this information and more. The full body of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” (www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship) in November 2015. It is the seminal resource for U.S. Catholics in preparing themselves to vote and otherwise participate in the political process in this country.
June 7 is the California primary. Don’t forget to vote! www.cacatholic.org/sites/cacatholic/files/fc_faq.pdf.
From May 26, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.