In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; and participation in political life is a moral obligation. ~ "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship", U.S. Catholic Bishops ~
The four Catholic dioceses of Iowa will be distributing informational fliers on "Faithful Citizenship" in parishes across the state this fall.
"A fundamental test of the morality of public policy is whether it supports or threatens human life and the common good," the flier reads. "We reject the idea that some lives - for example, the unborn, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor around the world - are not worthy of protection."
The Catholic Church does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties. However, it contributes to the political process by encouraging Catholics to learn about the church's teachings on protecting the vulnerable and the poor. "Then Catholics are encouraged to participate in charitable activity, advocacy on issues, and voting," said Tom Chapman, executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference.
The flier also includes a list of questions that all are encouraged to ask of candidates.
The Conference is co-sponsoring "Faithful Citizenship" presentations at the following locations:
The Iowa Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the Catholic bishops of Iowa. Its Board of Directors includes the Catholic bishops of Iowa and lay people, priests, deacons and religious sisters. The diocesan bishops of Iowa are Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB; Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City; Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport, and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines.