Faithful Citizenship

What is conscience and how is it formed?
Why does the Church teach about public policy issues?
What are my voting responsibilities as a Catholic?

By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to being “salt for the earth, light for the nations.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that it is every person’s responsibility to participate in promoting the common good and, as far as possible, we should all take an active part in public life.

To assist you and your family in fulfilling this task in 2018, the nation’s Catholic bishops have developed Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. It is designed to help Catholics understand the importance of forming our consciences around the basic principles and moral framework of Catholic social doctrine. It also prioritizes issues that we should consider when making choices about whom to vote for and how to participate.

For information on political activity for parish and church organizations, see these guidelines.

Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) will continue to update this page as new Faithful Citizenship materials become available.