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Faithful Citizenship Parish Resources


Advocacy Resources


Issue Research & Backgrounders






Faces of Immigrants: A series of personal conversations with our immigrant brothers and sisters






The Consistent Ethic of Life

Lectures from Joseph Cardinal Bernardin


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 Faithful citizenship calls Catholics to see civic and political responsibilities through the eyes of faith and to bring our moral convictions to public life. Catholics in public life have a particular responsibility to bring together consistently their faith, moral principles, and public responsibilities. Believers are called to be a community of conscience within the larger society and to test public life by the values of Scripture and the principles of Catholic social teaching. Our responsibility is to measure all candidates, policies, parties, and platforms by how they protect or undermine the life, dignity, and rights of the human person, whether they protect the poor and vulnerable and advance the common good.


Faithful citizenship is about more than elections. It requires ongoing participation in the continuing political and legislative process.? The Diocese of Joliet invites you to exercise your faithful citizenship by participating in the Diocesan Legislative Advocacy Network.   (Sign Up to Receive Alerts)


Within these pages you will find "Action Alerts."  We encourage you to respond. Your letters and phone calls do make a difference. You will also find articles and parish resources related to the US Bishops document Faithful Citizenship. Within the Faithful Citizenship section is a collection of lectures by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on the Consistent Ethic of Life. Additionally, we have provided links to Advocacy Resources such as how to contact your legislator. Finally, we have a collection of extensive links for Research and Backgrounders on many of the issues we follow.



In the lead up to the election, we offer these four bulletin inserts for use in your parish or for your own personal edification.


Please see our Faithful Citizenshp page for further information and resources.

Remember, as Catholic Christians, no political party can ever entirely be our home. We are called to be prophets, not partisans. And we are prophets after the heart of Jeremiah, we are weeping prophets. We identify in love and solidarity with those whom we would challenge, with those whom we would serve, as we seek together to promote the common good.



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