This nation is not ruled by the majority. It is ruled by the majority who participate.
Voting is the most basic and important role of citizens in a democracy and elections are the single most influential moment in shaping the path of our nation, our state and our communities.
In the Catholic tradition, participation in public life is both a moral and an ethical obligation. And as with any such decision, the Church offers guidance.
The work of justice requires that the mind and the heart of Catholics be educated and formed to know and practice the whole faith. [FCFC 4]
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship summarizes the reflections of the U.S. Bishops on participation in public life. It is published a year before each presidential election when the nation collectively focuses on its future, but it also encourages ongoing involvement in shaping public policy.