Pledging Dignity beyond the Debate

Posted inLife Justice & Advocacy

With another election cycle in full swing, we are faced with the difficult question of what it means to love our neighbors in the midst of such a divisive climate. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with anger and harsh language, often directed at people themselves. 

When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. In response to this need, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a year-long campaign calling for civility throughout this election year. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate invites Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in the public square and to call on others to do the same. 

The Diocese of St. Petersburg is challenging Catholics to model love for neighbor through respect, and compassion during the 2020 election cycle and beyond. Put your faith into action and make room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. Pledge dignity beyond the debate today at!

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Campaign materials include promotion tools, a pledge to civility that can be taken by individuals and communities, resources for prayer and reflection including a pastoral aid and prayer for civility, tips for civil dialogue, and more. More information on Civilize It as well as launch materials, resources and other tools are available on