In 2007 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. The document addresses the principles which should govern Catholic voting as well as some prudential judgment on pressing issues of our time. In 2011, the USCCB updated it to address certain issues which had arisen since 2007. All Catholics in the United States are encouraged to read the document and seek out formation around it, so that they can better be informed about their duties with regard to the proper formation of conscience in light of Church teaching.
Faithful Citizenship Morning
On October 11, 2014 Omar Gutierrez presented at St. Gerald’s Catholic Church the U.S. Bishops’ document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. That document is a means by which Catholics can better form their consciences as they approach the ballot box.
Please take some time to view the full video or the section which pertains to issues like conscience, prudence, the Catholic responsibility for voting, doing good & avoiding evil, the two temptations of public life and making moral choices. If you have questions, feel free to contact Omar Gutierrez at 402.558.3100, ext. 3012.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
View the full video below.
Selected Excerpts From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citzenship:
- On Conscience – 14:16
- On Prudence – 1:49
- On the Catholic Responsibility – 6:32
- On Doing Good and Avoiding Evil – 6:40
- On the Two Temptations – 3:03
- On Making Moral Choices – 9:40
- Full Video – 45:02
A Series by Omar Gutierrez in The Catholic Voice on Faithful Citizenship
“Prayer should be at the foundation of election decisions”
“Bishops’ document provides information and formation”
“A desire for the truth should drive Christian values”
“Conscience demands doing good, avoiding evil”
“Issues aren’t equal in forming conscience to vote”
“Virtue of prudence critical to living Catholic faith”
“Church teaching and facts guide decision-making”
“Standing up for faith in the public square”
“Catholics have moral obligation to participate in civic life”