ROH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 | CFCUSA Pastoral Formation Materials
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
The goal of this ROH is to introduce a conversation on the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship; A Call to Political Responsibility from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This initiative is part of our responsibility, as members of the Church, to help each other walk in the light of Christ in every facet of life, and to carry out our Community’s mission of renewing the face of the earth.
We hear this question often: “Does the Church have a role to play in the faithful’s efforts to speak about the many political and social questions they encounter?” The above USCCB document is enlightening on this matter, as it says, “[T]he Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith, a part of the mission given to us by Jesus Christ. As people of both faith and reason, Catholics are called to bring truth to political life and to practice Christ’s commandment to “love one another” (John 13:34).”