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Election 2010 – We Must Stay Engaged

As people of faith and as Catholics, we are called to live out our faith by promoting the common good through civic engagement and other means.

It may seem easy to become cynical about politics for a variety of reasons, but we cannot afford to ignore our duty to participate in the democratic process. The U.S. Catholic Bishops confirmed this when they wrote, in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship:

 

Unfortunately, politics in our country often can be a contest of powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites, and media hype. The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable. The Catholic call to faithful citizenship affirms the importance of political participation and insists that public service is a worthy vocation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group. When necessary, our participation should help transform the party to which we belong; we should not let the party transform us in such a way that we neglect or deny fundamental moral truths. We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world.

 

Working to change systems that oppress and deny human rights can seem daunting, but each of us must do what we can.