“Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
— Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Faithful Citizenship Resources
- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (PDF version)
- Formando la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles: Llamado de los obispos católicos de Estados Unidos (PDF version)
- The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (Part I of II: Our Call as Catholic Citizens)
- El reto de formar la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles (Parte I de II: Nuestro llamado como ciudadanos católicos)
- The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (Part II of II: Making Moral Choices and Applying Our Principles)
- El reto de formar la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles (Parte II de II: Tomar decisiones morales y aplicar nuestros principios)
- Videos on Faithful Citizenship from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Catholic Standard editorial (PDF version)
- Our Sunday Visitor Voter Guide – The Archdiocese of Washington is providing this voter guide for informational purposes only. It does not endorse or oppose any candidate for public office.
- Conozca el punto de vista de los candidatos presidenciales – La Arquidiócesis de Washington provee esta guía para su información solamente. La arquidiócesis no respalda o se opone a ninguno de los candidatos.
Maryland Congressional Election
Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the state’s candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives about their positions on issues of interest to Catholics. A list of issue statements and responses of the Democratic and Republican candidates are below. Click here to find your legislative district and view responses from all of Maryland’s candidates.
ASSISTED SUICIDE. Congress should not pass legislation to allow physicians to legally prescribe a dose of lethal medication at the request of patients with a terminal illness.
CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS. Congress should pass legislation forbidding governmental bodies to discriminate against individual and institutional health care providers that do not perform, refer for or pay for abortions, such as the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (now called the Conscience Protection Act).
EDUCATION. Congress should enact legislation that supports the ability of low-income families to choose the education best suited to their children’s needs, such as tax credits for business donations to organizations providing scholarships for K-12 students to attend nonpublic schools or the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.
IMMIGRATION. Congress should pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the U.S., while preserving family unity and restoring due process protections to enforcement policies.
JUSTICE REFORM. Congress should enact measures that decrease incarceration rates and recidivism by reducing mandatory minimums and investing in increased rehabilitative services and re-entry programs for offenders, such as the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015.
La Conferencia Católica de Maryland no respalda ni se opone a ningún candidato, bajo ninguna circunstancia, y no se debe hacer ninguna inferencia de respaldo u oposición como resultado de la información aquí proporcionada.