Pope Francis on Politics: “Participate for the Common Good”

In this election season marked by increasingly polarized politics, it might be tempting to “sit this one out.” But we need not be afraid to remain engaged. Pope Francis encourages us to stay involved. He stated in 2013, “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”

Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a call for dialogue and encounter. He would renounce a Catholicism that withdraws and seeks solace within itself. “No one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society,” he said.  “An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. … If indeed ‘the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics, the Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.'”