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Care. Catholics Vote.

“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, 9/16/13

Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the
Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful
(en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility
of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the
exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge
our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use
this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to
their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape
political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The
statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American
citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to
Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States
(en Español), which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.

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