The Catholic bishops of the United States offer the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship as teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.
The statement represents the bishops’ guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. U.S. bishops urge pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties.
As the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth prepare to exercise their civic responsibility to vote this Fall, the Dioceses urges the study of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship to assist us in making informed decisions.
The Diocese also urges the faithful to reread Pope Francis address to a Joint Session of Congress during his visit last year. Pope said “legislative activity is always based on care for the people.” He told members of Congress, “A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all of its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.”
You can register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s office. (In most Texas counties, the Tax Assessor-Collector is also the Voter Registrar. In some counties, the County Clerk or Elections Administrator registers voters. Check you county web site to find the appropriate office.) Or you can register by mail by obtaining an application from your county Voter Registrar’s office or pick up applications at libraries, government offices, or high schools.
You may fill out a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence. You are not registered until you have filled out the online application, printed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar. The County Voter Registrar’s address can be found at the top of the online outputted voter registration application once you have submitted your information from the fill-in-the blanks screen.