Now that the Republican and Democratic Conventions are over, the top of the election ticket is decided. It will be Republican nominee Donald Trump, a relative newcomer to politics who has promised to “Make America Great Again,” versus Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the first woman presidential nominee in U.S. history. Are you wondering what to do?
The U.S. Catholic Bishops have issued their election guide, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States.”
The guide has been updated for the 2016 election cycle and it provides guidance for Catholics on their role in politics and the public square in general. The guide proclaims that “[i]n the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” It provides guidance to Catholics on how to approach politics, and even provides specific information about Catholic teaching on issues such as human life, marriage, religious freedom, healthcare, immigration, and care for the poor and the environment, among other topics.
The bishops don’t endorse candidates, so don’t expect them to tell you who to vote for, but “Faithful Citizenship” can be a helpful resource. Take the time to review it as you prepare for this election season.