Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.
By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be “salt for the earth, light for the nations.” As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person … As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” (nos. 1913-1915).
This website includes a wide range of resources. On the left-hand side of this page, you will see a variety of links to different resources that might be helpful.
Use Your Voice and Vote
Parishioners who are not registered to vote for the upcoming elections may do so by visiting the website of the Florida Division of Elections, ttp://election.dos.state.fl.us/. Follow the instructions for completing and mailing a voter registration form. You will receive a voter registration card in the mail to confirm your registration. Follow this same procedure to update your name, address or change your party affiliation. Voters must be registered by July 16 to vote in the August 14 Primary. Participation in the November 6 General Election requires registration by October 9.
How Your Candidates Stand Up to the Issues?
The U.S. bishops remind us, “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” To help inform voters on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled those running for office in the U.S. Congress and Florida Legislature.
To see how candidates for U.S. Congress, and state and local elections responded to the poll, CLICK HERE. (For a version in Espanol, CLICK HERE.)
Regarding U.S. Presidential candidates, a separate document was created by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops from policies, public statements, official and campaign websites, and other resources to help voters inform their consciences before heading to the voting booth. CLICK HERE for English, and CLICK HERE for Espanol.
ATTENTION TAXPAYERS, PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT TEENS AND OUR FREEDOM:
Learn more about proposed Amendments 6 & 8 which are on the November 6 ballot.
Amendment 6 would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. Did you know that teen girls can have an abortion without parental consent? Abortion complications can occur, including infections and allergic reactions to anesthesia that sometimes lead to death. Amendment 6 would allow for legislation requiring parental consent for a minor’s abortion. Go to www.sayyeson6.com to hear an MD’s heart-wrenching story.
Amendment 8 will eliminate discrimination against churches and religious institutions that provide social services (Catholic Charities, for example). Help to preserve religious freedom!
From the Florida Bishops
The Church affirms that every Catholic is called to prayerful, active, and responsible participation in the political process. We urge all Catholics who are eligible, to register and vote. For those who are ineligible to vote, especially our youth, we suggest that they pray, study, and offer insights during the election process. CLICK HERE to read the full letter.