Faithful Citizenship Resources

Resources by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

A Matter of Spirit on Faithful Citizenship, Spring 2012

“Adopting a consistent ethic of life, the Catholic Church promotes a broad spectrum of issues…Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas.” Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics—US Catholic Bishops, 1998

Faithful Citizenship Resource Library

Toolkits and Voter Guides | Faith-Based Elections Websites | State Resources | Other Resources | Online Publications | Books | 2016 Election

Toolkits and Voter Guides

Church World Service Civic Engagement Toolkit This guide educates voters about immigrant and refugee rights; promotes civic participation for new citizens as part of integration efforts, encourages voter registration and keeps U.S. citizen refugee and immigrant voters from being discriminated against in the voting process; and elevates the dialogue on immigrant and refugee rights in the media and public forums.  

Faith-Based Elections Websites

US Conference of Catholic Bishops  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States

Friends Committee on National Legislation Founded by the Religious Society of Friends, works with a national network to advocate for social and economic justice, peace and good government.

The Interfaith Alliance One Nation, Many Faiths. Works to promote civic participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and civility in public discourse and to encourage the active involvement of people of faith in political life.

NETWORK: A Catholic Social Justice Lobby  

State Resources

Directory of State Catholic Conferences

Directory of State Legislature Websites

Voter Registration – Register to Vote in Your State  

Other Resources A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Bipartisan Policy Center The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue.  

Online Publications

Citizenship & Civic Participation Toolkit Ideas to help immigrants overcome language and cultural barriers to civic participation.

It’s Our World, Too! Community Service Projects for Young People to Make a Difference Middle School Curriculum, includes ideas for civic participation.  


All books available for loan from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

Cafardi, Nicholas P. Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation. Paulist Press (2012).

Cochran, Clark E. and David Carroll. The Catholic Vote: A Guide for the Perplexed. Orbis Books (2008).

Palmer, Parker. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. Jossey Bass (2011).

Moral & Religious Issues Surrounding the 2016 Election

2016 Elections Voter Discernment Chart

Revolution of Tenderness: A 2016 Election Pope Francis Voter Guide Inspired by Pope Francis and the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this guide prompts reflections on how to apply the teachings of our Church to the problems of our day with a heart of mercy.

Faith in Public Life Values Voter Guide This reflection guide, endorsed by diverse religious organizations and faith leaders, provides a framework to think about key moral issues heading into the election.