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Faithful Citizenship

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Faithful Citizenship (Civic Action)

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When some lives, including those of the unborn, are subject to the personal choices of others, no other value or right will be long guaranteed.

Pope Saint John Paul II

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Forming Conscience

Forming Conscience

For Faithful Citizenship

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy, and lift up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order (USCCB, Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship).

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Formando la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles

USCCB: Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship



Catholic Social Teaching

God loves each human life from the instant of his or her conception and entrusts this gift to the protection of a mother and father. Abortion ends the life of a child and offends God. It also deeply wounds the men and women involved (USCCB, Abortion).

USCCB: Abortion

Respect for Unborn Human Life

The Church's Constant Teaching

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law" (No. 2271).

Church's Constant Teaching
Enseñanza perenne de la Iglesia

Assisted Suicide / Euthanasia

Assisted Suicide / Euthanasia

"Catholics should be leaders in the effort to defend and uphold the principle that each of us has a right to live with dignity through every day of our lives. As disciples of one who is Lord of the living, we need to be messengers of the Gospel of Life" (USCCB 2011, To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide).

To Live Each Day with Dignity
Vivir dignamente cada día

USCCB: Assisted Suicide / Euthanasia

Stem Cell Research

Stem Cell Research

"Sometimes it is wrongly said that the Catholic Church opposes stem cell research. In fact, the Church supports ethically responsible stem cell research, while opposing any research that exploits or destroys human embryos.... The Catholic Church has long supported research using stem cells from adult tissue and umbilical cord blood, which poses no moral problem. Catholic institutions at times have taken the lead in promoting such constructive research, which is already providing cures and treatments for suffering patients" (USCCB, Catholic Support For Ethically Acceptable Stem Cell Research).

Catholic Support for Ethically Acceptable Stem Cell Research
Practical Problems with Embryonic Stem Cells

USCCB: Stem Cell Research

Homosexual "Marriage"

Homosexual "Marriage"

"The marriage of one man and one woman is the most recognized institution in time and space. Sacred Scripture and the authentic teaching of the Church confirm what was present from the beginning of time, namely, that marriage is a relationship constructed on the basis of heterosexual difference" (USCCB 2009, The Difference is the Difference: Sexual Difference and the Defense of Marriage by Rev. J. Brian Bransfield, STD)

The Difference is the Difference
La diferencia está en la diferencia

USCCB: Promotion and Defense of Marriage



Theresa Schauf
Respect Life Coordinator

Marlon De La Torre, MA, MEd.
Department Director of Evangelization and Catechesis

Monica Rolling
Administrative Assistant

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