Respecting the Democratic Process

Catholic teaching recognizes democracy as a form of government that respects individual liberties and differences of opinion and requires the peaceful transfer of power through elections. In discussing how political leaders should conduct themselves, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church declares:

“They must show appreciation for the democratic system inasmuch as it ensures the participation of citizens in making political choices, guarantees to the governed the possibility both of electing and holding accountable those who govern them, and replacing them through peaceful means when appropriate.” (Compendium, par. 567)