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Exercising Faithful Citizenship
Each baptized Catholic is called to live each day according to Jesus’ Gospel, including in public and civic forums. Recognizing this call, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states "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).
To engage responsibly as faithful citizens in our complex and complicated world, we need to
(1) be aware of Church teachings about the critical issues facing us, and about the processes and principles that should guide us in making Christ-centered decisions; and
(2) decide how to respond as faith-filled Catholics to the public and civic challenges that we encounter, either through our votes, our legislative advocacy of key issues, or direct service to others to address the challenge.
As you exercise your faithful citizenship, you may find the links below will provide you with helpful information and opportunities.
Becoming Aware of Church Teachings and Guides
Responding as Faith-filled Catholics