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Faithful Citizenship

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and resources to help Catholics reflect on their duties as faithful citizens.

“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.” – Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Wisconsin Catholic Conference have put together several resources to help Catholics reflect on their duties as faithful citizens.


2020 Elections

August 11 – Partisan Primary

November 3 – Fall General Election

Offices on the ballot include:

  • U.S. Representatives
  • Even-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats
  • All Wisconsin Assembly seats
  • County level - Elected Constitutional Officers, e.g., District Attorney

Proper identification is required in the state of Wisconsin. Check with your polling location for details.

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Resources for Faithful Citizenship

The following resources are available for use in a wide variety of settings, including universities and schools, associations, parishes, RCIA programs, and families.

  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provide a framework for Catholics in the United States. English, Español
  • Bulletin Insert: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: Wisconsin Catholic Conference. English, Español
  • USCCB: Videos for Faithful Citizenship: Available in English, some Español
  • USCCB: Audio Messages for Faithful Citizenship: Available in English

Five-Part Faithful Citizenship Series

Three-Part Faithful Citizenship Series

Additional Resources

Additional Resources: USCCB

Church Teaching: In this section of the USCCB website, you'll find links to bishops' statements and other resources that can help you explore Church teaching on Catholic participation in political life. 

All Catholics: In this section, you'll find links to Church teaching on participation in public life, activities for families seeking to cultivate an atmosphere of civic responsibility, prayers and reflections, and much more.

Diocesan and Community Leaders: In this section, you'll find information to help diocesan and other leaders to share the message with their audiences about the call to participate in public life. Guidelines are also included on how to conduct political candidate forums and encourage civil dialogue. 

Parishes and Schools: In this section, you'll find planning ideas for parishes and schools, suggestions for prayer and worship, and ideas for religious educators and youth ministers. 

Campuses and Young Adults: In this section, you'll find activities and resources for college students and young adults to learn and reflect on Church teaching about Catholic participation in public life. 

Youth: How can you, as a young Catholic, bring your faith to the public square? Here are some resources to help you fulfill your important role in promoting life and dignity. 

Media: This section includes articles from the USCCB media blog,  press releases, and other information for media about Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. 

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