We certainly can not say that we have a lack of information or misinformation, if you will, in today‘s environment. As election time is coming closer information flows like water and often blows with the wind.
In Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the United States Bishops write, “Responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be “salt for the earth, light for the nations.”
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This 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).
Both of these statements require our commitment to listening and researching all issues carefully, especially the complex ballot issues that will profoundly influence our society.