"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern."
- Pope Francis, 9/16/13
Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, a teaching document on political responsibility. The bishops urge use of the document to help in the formation of consciences, and to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue and to shape political choices in light of Catholic teaching.
"13. In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. “People in every nation enhance the social dimension of their lives by acting as committed and responsible citizens” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 220). The obligation to participate in political life is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. . . . As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” (nos. 1913-1915)."
"The church’s role in helping Catholics to form their consciences is a central theme of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Statement 'Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility.' The statement urges Catholics to be involved in public life and to use the values of their faith to shape their political choice.. 'With this foundation,' the bishops explain, 'Catholics are better able to evaluate policy positions, party platforms, and candidates’ promises and action in light of the Gospel and the moral and social teaching of the Church in order to help build a better world.'"