Tag: Faithful Citizenship

Seek first the kingdom

Seek first the kingdom

| Jason Adkins | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Faithful citizenship requires transcending the ideologies and partisan divides of our time and working primarily for the salvation of souls, not for short-term political gain on high-profile issues.

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Election guides and helping voters form conscience before casting ballot

Election guides and helping voters form conscience before casting ballot

| Mark Pattison | October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholics are far from the only religion in the public-policy arena. One such Christian counterpart is the National Association of Evangelicals, which has published “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility” since 2004 and issued a revised version this year.

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No shortage of issues piquing voter interest in midterm elections

No shortage of issues piquing voter interest in midterm elections

| Mark Pattison | October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the clock toward the Nov. 6 midterm elections ticking away, there are some parallels between the findings of a Sept. 26 Pew Research Center survey on issues of key concern to voters and issues outlined in the U.S. bishops’ “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a document meant to provide a moral framework Catholic voters can use to analyze issues.

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Mother Teresa and conscience formation

Mother Teresa and conscience formation

| Mary Jane O'Brien | September 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

During election season, we hear a great deal about “following our consciences” and the need for conscience formation. The U.S. bishops offer their guide to faithful citizenship so that the principles of Catholic social teaching might inform our Election Day decisions, and a number of organizations similarly produce a range of voting guides.

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Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

| Kathryn Mollen | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

If a decline in the percentage of people who vote is any indication, people are disheartened with our political system. There seems to be a collective feeling that politics is nothing more than a partisan power struggle that serves special interests instead of the common good. People do not believe that their one voice makes a difference amidst a cacophony of competing voices.

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Faithful citizens care about marriage because they care about poverty

Faithful citizens care about marriage because they care about poverty

| David Paul Deavel | September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

I hear it a lot, from non-Catholics and even Catholics: “Why doesn’t the Church spend more time fighting poverty and less time telling people what kind of family is best? Quit spending time on an outdated ideal of marriage and feed the hungry, clothe the naked and take care of the sick.”

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Tackling poverty and helping people to flourish

Tackling poverty and helping people to flourish

| September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

“The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them,” Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel. This would, at face value, seem like a fairly open-ended statement.

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Strengthening, defending marriage is a matter of justice

Strengthening, defending marriage is a matter of justice

| Bethany Meola | September 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

Being married in the church is important to Catholics. Delving into Catholic teaching itself, Scripture is filled with references to marriage, and the church pre­sents it as a vocation and as one of the sacraments, a visible sign of God’s gift of grace.

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Religious freedom and ugly assumptions

Religious freedom and ugly assumptions

| Don Clemmer | August 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

In “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” the bishops hold up six areas of concern for voting Catholics to weigh while forming their consciences.

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Conscience formation by the numbers

Conscience formation by the numbers

| Don Clemmer | July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Numbers can be cold and impersonal. They lack the depth and nuance of words and ideas.

But numbers can also be uncompromising. They force us to confront realities that can be dizzying, unavoidable and downright unwelcome. Someone who’s seen the numbers no longer has plausible deniability.

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‘You’re not the boss of me!

‘You’re not the boss of me!

| Sharon Wilson | July 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Resisting the temptation to tune out guidance in forming our consciences

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