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 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. 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 advance of the 2020 national elections, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a year-long campaign inviting Catholics to model civility and love for neighbor throughout this election year. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate asks Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on others to do so as well.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (PDF)
We are Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish (LINK)
Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate Launch Packet (PDF)
Reflection: With your faith community (LINK)
NYS Catholic Conference: Political Responsibility including Permissible and Prohibited Church Activities Guidelines: (LINK)
Take the Pledge to civlity and Civilize It!