The mission of the Catholic Church is very different from the mission of political parties. The Church guards the deposit of faith and makes the truth of the Gospel shine forth to lead all people to seek and receive Christ’s love. There is no political party that is aligned to this mission and as a Church, we do not support or endorse any candidates or political parties.
Furthermore, it is never the intention of the Church to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote. Our Church teaches that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience. Related article: Some Groups that Use the Name Catholic are Not Affiliated with the Catholic Church
How Do Catholics Prepare for the Election?
In this one minute video, Bishop Parkes speaks about how Catholics should prepare for the upcoming election.
We have the following resources to help you learn more about faithful citizenship in our world today.
Presidential Candidate Comparison
The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a comparison guide to educate and inform Catholics about a wide range of issues. The information has been gathered from policies, public statements, official and campaign websites, and other resources, as of September 1, 2020, to help voters form their consciences before voting in November. The issues that appear here do not represent a complete list of issues that may be of importance to Catholics. The Church neither supports nor opposes any candidate for public office. Click here for English or Spanish.
Florida Candidate Questionnaire Guide
Each election season, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops conducts the Candidate Questionnaire Project to assist Catholics and the broader community with the obligation to become active citizens and informed voters. Knowing where the candidates stand on matters concerning human life and dignity and the advancement of the common good is essential to responsible faithful citizenship. Click here to learn more and to view the results.
Simply Catholic Election Guide
This two-page document is a starting point to help us respond to our choices in the current political landscape. Click here to view.
Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and view parish resources, videos, etc. at the USCCB’s Faithful Citizenship website.
Also, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a national campaign, Civilize It, to encourage respectful dialogue among individuals with differing beliefs. Click here to read more
Do we imitate the example of Jesus in our daily lives, including in our encounters with one another, through civil dialogue? The Church is calling on all Catholics to take the Civility Pledge to show that we respect and honor the dignity of others, even when we disagree. This applies to all of our interactions, even those on social media. Learn more here https://buff.ly/2DkNYLE and take the Civilize It pledge today at civilizeit.org. #courageouslyliving#CivilizeIt2020
Election & Political Activities Guide
Approved by the bishops of Florida, this guide for pastors and parishes is intended to encourage Catholic clergy and laity to facilitate the involvement of their faith communities in appropriate election-related activities. These activities are designed to increase parishioner interest in the policy issues that will characterize election-year debates, to focus their attention on candidate positions, and encourage them to exercise their right to vote.
Election & Political Activities Guide, Updated June 2018 (English) | (Spanish)
Florida Catholic Conference Advocacy Network
The Florida Catholic Advocacy Network or FLCAN is a statewide, online community established by the bishops of Florida that exists to connect, educate, and mobilize Catholics across Florida’s seven dioceses on public policy issues pertaining to life, dignity, and the common good. Click here to subscribe.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released five new videos to inspire prayer and action in political life and to help Catholics apply the Church’s teaching. The scripts for the videos were approved by the full body of bishops at a General Assembly in Baltimore. The videos complement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops’ teaching document for the faithful on the political responsibility of Catholics, and they seek to help the faithful participate in public life, prioritize faith over partisan politics, engage with civility, and respond to pressing issues of our day. Each video ends with a prayer. Click here to view.