Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.
"Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."
-- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and
to be "salt for the earth, light for the nations." As the Catechism of
the Catholic Church reminds us, "It is necessary that all participate,
according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This
is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible
citizens should take an active part in public life" (nos. 1913-1915).
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