FRIDAY OF OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
-From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility
(5) This statement highlights the role of the Church in the formation of conscience and the corresponding moral responsibility of each Catholic to hear, receive, and act upon the Church’s teaching in the lifelong task of forming his or her own conscience. Foremost amongst those teachings are the four basic principles of Catholic social doctrine: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity. With this foundation, Catholics are better able to evaluate policy positions, party platforms, and candidates’ promises and actions in light of the gospel and the moral and social teaching of the Church in order to help build a better world.
(6) We seek to do this by addressing four questions: (1) Why does the Church teach about issues affecting public policy? (2) Who in the Church should participate in political life? (3) How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social questions? (4) What does the Church say about Catholic social teaching in the public square?
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