Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for the Catholic faithful in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
HELPING YOU PREPARE TO VOTE
All of us are being bombarded by political ads; the thoughts of cable news pundits; the opinions of friends, family and co-workers; and the subtle and not so subtle messages from the pulpit of your Church.
To wade through all of this, we have to do our homework. We must discern the signs of the times and how the Gospel is calling us at this moment. With a critical eye, we need to learn as much as we can about each candidate. Then we need to evaluate what we have learned through the lens of our relationship with God, our personal experience, and the conversations we have with those we love and trust.
With that I mind, The Paulist Fathers have created a reflection for the 2020 U.S. Elections and other associated materials designed to help voters discern their electoral choices for November 3rd.
The reflection and related materials can be found at https://paulist.org/Vote/
Whether you find comfort or take issue with what is presented, it is the hope that the document(s) will foster dialogue.
In-Person Early Voting & Registration for Chicago residents
NOTICE: Due to Covid-19, voters are encouraged to use Vote By Mail or Early Voting before Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020.
NEW THIS FALL: Secured Drop Boxes with date/time stamps will be available at every Early Voting site for Vote By Mail voters to submit their Ballot Return Envelopes from Oct.14 to Nov. 3.
Every voter is encouraged to wear a facemask that covers the mouth and nose, whether visiting to use Early Voting or to use a Secured Drop Box. Voters in line must practice social distancing with 6 feet (2 meters) of space between persons in line.
For the Nov. 3 General Election, Chicago voters may use any Early Voting & Registration location in the city from Oct. 14 through Nov. 3.
You can find detailed information about voting sites, registering and voting by mail at https://chicagoelections.gov/en/home.html