- Ideas for educators (from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- California Ballot Initiatives Guide
- CCC 2012 Education Backgrounder
- CCC 2012 Budget Cuts Backgrounder
- Sample newsletter announcements - tell people about election and faithful citizenship resources and encourage them to sign up for the Catholic Legislative Network
- List of death penalty speakers
- End the Use of the Death Penalty Flyer
- Faithful Citizenship Document
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church
- Faith Matters - California Bishops' Radio Broadcast
- Faithful Citizenship: An Exploration of Sacred Scripture and Tradition (11-week Reflection Guide)
- Tradition (Reflection Guide)
The information below can also help in the classroom - whether in discussion of the November election or in a larger lesson about Catholic social teaching:
Examine "Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship"
Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship is a short documents and can easily be read in one sitting. But you can also learn more about the major topics by examining the following summaries:
Church Teaching - In-Depth
A well-formed conscience depends on understanding the teachings of the Church and using it to make sound, moral ballot decisions. But these teachings go beyond the election too - helping us understand how we live and work in our modern society.
- The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church summarizes the entire body of Catholic social teaching. The teaching is summarized here with introductions to each of the social encyclicals since Rerum Novarum in 1891; seven themes used to group the various teaching - starting with the right to life as the most important; and an in-depth look at Charity in Truth, written by Pope Benedict XVI, characterized as the latest social encyclical.
The Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2002, provides important guidance on the role of Catholics in political and social life. Click here for a summary and a link to the full document.
Special California Issues
Our state’s propositions are too often shrouded in rhetoric. Prudence, after all, requires determining the good and that requires more than reliance on campaign slogans and political spin. Here is more information to help you determine your vote on several key topics in California.