It’s time to get ready for the general election. This past Tuesday’s primary determined the candidates who will be on the ballot this November. See the election results provided by the Secretary of State’s Election Division for more details.
To help Catholics prepare to vote this fall, 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.