The USCCB Faithful Citizenship material is clear that the Catholic Church does not endorse candidates for elective offices or political parties. Equally clear, the Church does not tell Catholics how to vote or which political party to support. However, the Church does teach Catholics that they have a moral obligation to be faithful citizens, which includes participating in the public policy debate and voting.
When the Church encourages Catholics to participate in the public policy debate, she always reminds the faithful of their serious obligation to properly form their conscience in light of Sacred Scripture and prayerful reflection on Church teaching. It is important to emphasize that Catholics cannot form their conscience in isolation from the teaching of the Church.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced a range of user-friendly materials suitable for educating Catholics about the issues, the importance of voter participation and the importance of a properly formed conscience.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website has comprehensive information on the Bishops’ positions and public policy statements. We urge Catholics to visit the website by clicking HERE.