Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States

"... responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.."
Washington DC, Aug 19, 2008 / 04:27 pm (CNA).- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging Catholics across America to pray a novena for life, justice, and peace called ‘Novena for Faithful Citizenship’ before the elections in November.

In a press release from the USCCB, Joan Rosenhauer, Associate Director for the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, explained that this timely novena is a component of "the bishops' campaign to help Catholics develop well-formed consciences for addressing political and social questions."

Additionally, in November 2007, the bishops issued their statement on forming consciences for faithful citizenship. It states, “Conscience always requires serious attempts to make sound moral judgments based on the truths of our faith."

The novena will be available for download until the election at

For other Faithful Citizenship resources, visit

hat tip to Thomas Peters at American Papist

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