St. Thomas More Society – APPLYING FAITH, REASON TO POLITICAL LIFE

As Election Approaches, Virginia Catholic Conference Offers Special Resource to Help Form Conscience For Political Participation

  Civic Responsibility: A Resource for Catholics in Virginia

 Why does the Catholic Church speak on public policy issues—and more importantly, what does it have to say? Moreover, who should participate in this process?

 As a people of both faith and reason, Catholics are called to bring truth to political life and to practice Christ’s commandment to “love one another.” Exploring the principles that can best guide us in that process is the purpose of a resource released today by the Virginia Catholic Conference.

  “Civic Responsibility: A Resource for Catholics in Virginia,” is a two-sided document drawing excerpts from a two-page summary of the U.S. bishops’ November 2007 statement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. This resource,in an easy-to-print two-sided format, is now available here on the Virginia Catholic Conference website. It includes seven key themes of Catholic social teaching that serve as a guide as Catholics ponder their role in public policy decisions.

 “Civic Responsibility” is just one of several voter education pieces the Conference will offer this election season. In upcoming weeks, the Conference will release

  • “Know the Positions of the Presidential Candidates,” a side-by-side look at the two major party presidential candidates on 10 issues important to Catholics;
  • a 10-question response chart to the Conference’s survey of Virginia’s two U.S. senatorial candidates; and
  • a pre-election letter issued by Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo highlighting the importance of many issues, the differences in moral gravity among issues, and the call to participate in the political process throughout the year.

These resources will be available on the Conference website at www.vacatholic.org. Stay tuned!

 Jeff Caruso, Virginia Catholic Conference

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