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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (2011)

October 4, 2011

The 2011 edition of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, published in anticipation of the United States' 2012 election cycle, largely reaffirms the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2007 statement, which emphasized the solemn duty to participate in the electoral process and the role of formation in fostering responsible citizenship. The main body of the text is unchanged from the 2007 document, but it is accompanied by an “Introductory Note” as a reader’s guide; the note highlights the importance of religious freedom and the dual role of the US Church as faithfully both American and Catholic. It also offers some brief commentary on public misinterpretation of the 2007 statement and clarifies some topical points of emphasis.

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