This week, Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock cited the “Faithful Citizenship” document released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a homily posted on The Arkansas Catholic‘s website.

In his homily, Bishop Taylor said,

“To help us sort out what to do, the bishops of the United States issue — or re-issue — for every election cycle a ‘Faithful Citizenship’ document to help us make a prudential judgment regarding how best to ‘Give to God what is God’s’ in the difficult and confusing choices before us. This is not just a matter of opposing evil; it also requires that we work actively to do good.”

The Conference of Catholic Bishops offers the document in two forms: A short summary and a lengthier Call to Political Responsibility.

The summary says in part,

“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group.”

The document cites seven key points to consider in civic involvement:

  1. The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person
  2. The Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity
  7. Care for God’s Creation

Bishop Taylor summed up by saying, “‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s’ — do your civic duty and vote. But ‘Give to God what is God’s’ — in the choices you make in casting that ballot.”

Click here to read Bishop Taylor’s entire homily.

Click here to download the UCCB’s two-page “Faithful Citizenship” summary.

Click here to download the UCCB’s more detailed document.