Faithful Citizenship

“As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to the public square. We draw from both faith and reason
as we seek to affirm the dignity of the human person and the common good of all.” (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Introductory Letter)

Faithful Citizenship

“As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to the public square. We draw from both faith and reason
as we seek to affirm the dignity of the human person and the common good of all.” (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Introductory Letter)

Please vote in the March 5 California primary

Click on the link below to learn more on the California Secretary of State’s website.

2024 California Presidential Primary 

“One of our most fundamental rights is the right to vote.”

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is encouraging all faithful Catholics to vote in the election on March 5, 2024. The last day to register to vote for The Presidential Primary Election is February 20, 2024. Click on the link below to register through the California Secretary of State’s website.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published a guide entitled Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. This document provides resources for how Catholics should participate in public life, including voting, participating in dialogue, and promoting the common good.

Advocacy

The Office of Human Life & Dignity advocates for policies that align with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Click on the links below to learn more about specific efforts and sign up to stay informed.

The California Catholic Conference offers resources and advocacy information about bills and campaigns in the state of California. Visit their website to sign up for updates about important issues.

California Catholic Conference Policy on California and National Ballot Propositions

Approved by the Catholic Bishops of California

The California Catholic Conference staff reviews all statewide ballot initiatives and referenda. The bishops, after appropriate consultation, may choose—either individually or as a conference—to support, oppose, or take no position on each measure. Signature gathering, through parishes, schools and ministries, to place an initiative on the California ballot is very rarely permitted. In the past, this has only been allowed for measures which directly protect the sanctity of human life. These policies, as well as further guidelines, are available at: CCC/elections.

Civilize It

A Better Kind of Politics

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis called us to seek “a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good” (no. 154). As Catholics, we are called to respond to others as our brothers and sisters, even those with whom we disagree. As we engage in the political process, we are invited to take the Civilize It pledge.

I Pledge:
Charity
– To affirm through my words and actions the dignity of every person, each made in God’s image. Even those with whom I disagree are made in his image.
– To respectfully listen in order to understand experiences different from my own.

Clarity
– To engage in critical examination to ensure that my perspectives are rooted in truth, that my sources of information are unbiased, and that I do not open myself to manipulation by partisan interests.
– To form my conscience through prayerful reflection, study of scripture and Church teaching, and guidance from reputable experts.
– To reflect on my own values and seek, with others, to identify shared values.
– To be open to the process of dialogue that can require change of perspective—my own and others’—in service to the inviolable dignity of all and the common good.

Creativity
– To be a bridgebuilder who participates in constructive dialogue based in shared values, a mutual exchange of gifts, and the humility to together seek the good.
– To see differences in perspective as opportunities for creative tension which can yield solutions for the common good.
– To work with others in order to identify creative solutions rooted in our shared values.