Faithful Citizenship Catholic Voting Guides
Please note, these are the only election resources that have been approved by our bishops
Click on the above logo to sign the US Bishops' pledge to be civil during this Election Season!
With the elections coming up, our bishops have published many resources to help prepare to vote. It is our civic duty, as citizens and as Catholic Christians, to help shape our society, and voting is a critical part of that.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB, the national conference) have updated and re-published their document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, as well as summary resources: https://www.usccb.org/offices/justice-peace-human-development/forming-consciences-faithful-citizenship
Our Virginia bishops have also published a letter and a candidate comparison, through the Virginia Catholic Conference (the advocacy group that represents them on the state level)
All of these resources are also available on the diocesan site: https://richmonddiocese.org/vcc-provides-voter-resources-for-nov-3-election/
Please note, these are the only election resources that have been approved by our bishops. The Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington authorize parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the Virginia Catholic Conference and the USCCB. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use.
Let us pray for each other and our country,
An Election Prayer by the U.S. Catholic Bishops:
Thank you for inviting each of us to join in your work
of building the kingdom of love, justice, and peace.
Draw us close to you in prayer
as we discern your call in our families and communities.
Send us forth to encounter all whom you love:
those not yet born, those in poverty, those in need of welcome.
Inspire us to respond to the call to faithful citizenship,
during election season and beyond.
Help us to imitate your charity and compassion
and to serve as models of loving dialogue.
Teach us to treat others with respect, even when we disagree,
and seek to share your love and mercy.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen