Faithful Citizenship 2012




As citizens and as Catholics, we have a right and a responsibility to participate in the political process.  In order to do so responsibly, we must take the take the time to develop a “properly formed conscience.”  In a world where issues are often complex, and where the positions of candidates can be difficult to assess, the Church reminds us that our faith must inform our decisions.

The Diocese of Youngstown encourages all Catholics, and persons of good will, to read carefully and to reflect prayerfully on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' recent statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.  Also visit their blog for some updated reflections on faithful citizenship.

The Diocese of Youngstown requests that all Catholics institutions utilize the resources developed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Conference of Ohio on this topic.

See videos produced by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Election Day is November 6, 2012.    In the US Catholic Bishops’ Statement, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” they write: "Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."  

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