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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship


Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship/Formando La Conciencia para Ser Ciudadanos Fieles

Workshops are scheduled for parishioners and ministry leaders on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the teaching document issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to guide Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.  Learn what the Church teaches about participation in political life and a summary of public policy positions of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Two opportunities: Sat. Sept. 10 from 9:00-2:45 p.m., St. Paul, Richardson  or Sept. 13 and 15 6:30-9:00 p.m. St. Jude, Allen.  Visit the Adult Faith Formation Directory of Events for other opportunities throughout the Diocese to grow in your faith. 

Le invitamos a un taller donde se estudiará el documento Formando la Conciencia para ser Ciudadanos Fieles,  publicado por la Conferencia  de los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos para guiar a los Católicos al cumplimiento de sus derechos y obligaciones políticas como participantes de nuestra democracia.  Aprende lo que la Iglesia enseña sobre tu participación en la política y un resumen de las posturas políticas adoptadas por los obispos de Estados Unidos.  Dos oportunidades: sábado 17 de septiembre de 9:00-2:45 p.m. en Santa Monica, y martes 13 y 20 de septiembre de 6:30-9:00 p.m., en San Juan Diego.  Visite el Directorio de Eventos de Formación de Fe para Adultos para varias oportunidades en la Diócesis de Dallas para crecer en tu fe.

Render Unto Ceasar. Entregar a César.

The Texas Catholic Conference and the Catholic Pro-Life Committee are sponsoring free webinars in English on what the Church teaches and why your voice and vote matter. More information and a list of topics.

El Comité Católico Pro Vida y la Conferencia Católica de Texas patrocinarán 3 programas de radio. Se abordará el ocaso de la vida, la pena de muerte, el aborto, y como tener un balance en estos asuntos cuando decida cómo votar e involucrarse más allá de la cabina de votación. Más Información.

While there are many moral issues before us, every issue is not equal:

Issues that directly affect human lives - such as abortion and euthanasia - are fundamental and demand serious consideration.

★ Our Constitution heralds religious liberty in the First Amendment, yet increasingly people of faith are having to fight to retain this basic right.

★ There is a move in the nation to redefine marriage. The marriage of a man and a woman is the foundation of the family and an essential core element of a flourishing society.

★ The growing disparity between rich and poor means most of the world’s resources are in the hands of a small percentage of its people. The federal budget is a moral document and must prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

★ The millions of undocumented persons living in the United States deserve our compassion. There is an immigration problem, and we need a humane solution to it.

★ War, terror, and violence have caused thousands of lost lives. We must work for just solutions to conflict in the Holy Land, throughout the Middle East, and beyond.


As Catholic citizens, we should remember three things:

  1. Respect for the dignity of each person is the core of Catholic social and moral teaching. This is our most basic principle.
  2. We focus on the common good, not our own personal interests. We ask, how can we make the world a better place? Not, how can I improve my own personal situation?
  3. We have a responsibility - a true obligation - to form our consciences and participate in the civic life of this nation.


Here are some ways to do that:


  • Stay well-informed about issues through judicious and reasoned engagement with the immense world of information in the twenty-first century. Just as all issues are not equal, all sources are not equal. For example, an individual’s blog—while potentially very insightful—may not have the same � delity to factual truth as our media sources that hold themselves to professional standards of journalistic ethics, imperfect though they are.


  • Remain in contact with our representatives in local, state, and federal government. Our responsibility to form our consciences leads to an obligation to be active citizens. We communicate regularly with our leaders—not only during election seasons.


  • Engage in reasoned, compassionate, and loving dialogue with others - Catholics and non-Catholics alike—about the issues and choices that we are facing as a nation. Remember that we are called first to witness the Gospel, and through that witness, to share our social teaching, to highlight the moral dimensions of issues, and to participate in debate on public policy.

The dual calling of faith and citizenship lies at the heart of what it means to be a Catholic in the United States. We stand on the shoulders of many Catholics who have gone before us, who have helped the United States of America become a better country because of their faith  in a loving God.

- From Catholics care. Catholics Vote (


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).

The document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States provides a framework for Catholics in the United States. Please see resources below for learning about this important message.