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Our Bishops Speak on Political Responsibility, Abortion,
and the Elections

Documents from the Bishops' Conference

Documents from the Vatican

Statements of Individual Bishops

One Vote (October 26, 2012)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez Calls on Catholics to Register and Vote! (September 14, 2012) [Spanish]
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine

Your Vote, Your Values (November 2, 2010) - PDF
Bishops of Austrailia

Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty (October 8, 2010) - PDF [Spanish]
By the Catholic Bishops of New York State 

A Letter to Catholics in Wisconsin on Faithful Citizenship (August 2010) - PDF
Wisconsin Catholic Conference

The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life (March 1, 2010)
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, CO

The Immaculate Conception and politics (December 17, 2009)
Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison

Voters must know stances on 'life' issues (October 29, 2009)
Archbishop José H. Gomez, S.T.D. Archbishop of San Antonio

Participating Faithfully in the Political Process (October 28, 2009)
Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, VA and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, VA

Cardinal at CUA: Obama is ‘Aggressive, Disruptive and Apocalyptic’ (November 14, 2008)
Cardinal James Francis Stafford, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal-Priest of S. Pietro in Montorio

Support, in word and deed, the dignity of human life (November 13, 2008)
Bishop Samuel J. Aquila, D.D., Bishop of Fargo

Statement of the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (November 12, 2008)
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, President of the USCCB, Archbishop of Chicago

A Letter to the Editor (November 5, 2008)
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, CO

Let us pray (November 2008)
Archbishop José H. Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, Texas

Bishop Oscar Cantú Encourages People to Vote (November 4, 2008)
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, Texas

Address by Cardinal Francis George to the US Catholic Bishops (November 10, 2008)
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archbishop of Chicago

Bishops Congratulate Barack Obama on Historic Election; Urge Him to Defend the Weak, Heal Divisions (November 2008)
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishop John Yanta Encourages Catholics and Christians to Morally Vote Pro-Life (October 2008)

Clarity From Kansas City Bishop Finn On A Catholic's Duty In The Voting Booth (October 2008)
Bishop Robert W. Finn, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph, MO

Bishop McDonnell Responds to Questions About Pro-life Issues (October 2008)
Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of Springfield, MO

The Most Important Issue (October 2008)
Archbishop Eusebius J. Beltran, Archbishop, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Cardinal O'Malley's Statement on Abortion Issue (October 31, 2008)
Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston, MA

Can a Catholic Vote in Support of Abortion? (October 14, 2008)
Bishop Robert W. Finn D.D. , Bishop of Kansas City - St. Joseph

October a Time to Reflect on Human Dignity (October 2008)
Bishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Bishop of Duluth, MN

The Serious Business of Voting (October 2008)
Bishop William L. Higi
Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

Faithful Citizenship statement from Bishop Ronald Gainer (October 2008)
Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer
Bishop of Lexington

How can anyone be silent on this key civil rights question? (October 2008)
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese

Statement on President-Elect Obama (October 2008)
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver and Most Rev. James D. Conley, Auxiliary Bishop of Denver

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Larry Silva (October 2008)
Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, HI

Political responsibility among Catholics (October 2008)
Archbishop John Vlazny, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon

Synod: Interview with Bishop Gerald Kicanas (October 2008)
Bishop of Tucson, AZ

Synod: Interview with Cardinal Francis George (October 2008)
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, IL 

What I Have Seen and Heard (October 2008)
MOST REVEREND WILTON D. GREGORY
Archbishop of Atlanta, GA

Life: The social justice issue of our time (October 2008)
By Bishop David L. Ricken
Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI 

The Way of Life (October 2008)
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Catholic Bishops of Florida 2008 Election Year Statement (October 2008)

Election Letter: Voting with a well-formed conscience (October 2008)
Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond

INITIATIVE 1000; Compassion and care or lethal Rx?
Most Rev. Alex J. Brunett, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, WA

A Call to Faithful Citizenship and Respect for Life (October 2008)
Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania

Okay, Here’s How You Should Vote (October 2008)
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, RI

Prudence and Preparing to Vote (October 2008)
Bishop James V. Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

A Baby Is a Baby Is a Baby (October 2008)
Bishop James V. Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Get Familiar with FOCA Legislation (October 2008)
Bishop James V. Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

We cannot ignore the life issues (October 2008)
Archbishop José H. Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, TX

One Nation Under God: A Lesson in Exercising Faithful Citizenship (November 2008)
Bishop Blase Cupich, S.T.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, SD

Statement on Elections (October 2008)
Bishop Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD

How to Vote? (November 2008)
Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM

Deciding the Values that are Most Important to Us (November 2008)
Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Omaha, NE

How shall I cast my vote? (October 2008)
Bishop Earl Boyea, Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing, MI

Bishop Baker’s Letter on 2008 Election (October 2008)
Bishop Robert J. Baker, S.T.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, AL

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (October 2008)
Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA

Moral principles unite Catholic voters (October 2008)
Archbishop Alex Brunett, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, WA

A needed clarification Faith Matters (October 2008)
Bishop Alexander K. Sample, Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, MI

Forming our consciences as we prepare to vote is a challenge (October 2008)
Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN

Just Look (October 2008)
Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York

Catholic Church has made no exception regarding abortion since ancient times
Bishop W. Francis Malooly, Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware

A Shepherd’s Care (September 2008)
Bishop John F. Kinney, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, MN

Easy or not, It is time to choose rightly and stand for the truth and against intrinsic evil (October 2008)
Bishop Thomas G. Doran, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, IL

God's Great Gift (October 2008)
Archbishop Edwin Frederick O'Brien, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr, and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers (September 2008)
Bishop W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, DE

We are God’s first (October 19, 2008)
Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, D.D., Bishop of Fargo, ND

Catholic Bishop Causes Stir: Don't Vote for Pro-Abortion Candidates, Period (October 2008)
Bishop Joseph F. Martino, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, PA

Voting with a Catholic conscience (October 2008)
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of the Diocese of Albany, NY

Legal Protection for Unborn, Support for Mothers Both Needed (October 2008)
Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia and Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

A Politician's Promise: No Right to Life! No Freedom! (October 2008)
Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli, Bishop of Diocese of Paterson, NJ

Faithful Citizenship: Living in a way worthy of the Gospel (October 2008)
Bishop Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, NJ

Archbishop Chaput on Kmiec and the elections  (October 2008)
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, CO

Bishop asks Catholic voters to "save our children!" (October 2008)
Bishop Robert Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO

Joint Statement to the Faithful of the Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth (October 2008)
Bishop Kevin Farrell, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, TX
Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, TX

Archbishop Burke laments the "party of death" (October 2008)
Archbishop Raymond Burke
Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Vatican City

Catholic Church Clear on When Human Life Begins
Bishop Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, LA

Statement for Respect Life Sunday 2008 (September 2008)
Bishop Joseph Martino, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, PA

Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty (September 2008)
Catholic Bishops of New York State on Voting

Statement for Respect Life Sunday 2008 (September 2008)
Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Chairman, USCCB Committee on Pro-life Activities

Forming our consciences so that we vote with faith (September 2008)
Bishop Gregory Aymond, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, TX

Response to Remarks of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (August 2008)
Bishop Jerome E. Listecki, Bishop of the Diocese of LaCrosse, WI
Bishop Listecki drew attention to the irony of Pelosi's recourse to theology, in order to throw doubt on the findings of science, that life begins in the womb at the moment of conception.

Let us Love One Another (September 2008)
Bishop Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, OH
The Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio, responds to Pelosi's implication that when life begins is still a matter of controversy in Catholic teaching. In fact, there is no dispute: Human life begins at conception.

Judging the Candidates (September 2008)
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brookly, NY
The Bishop of Brooklyn comments first on the importance of clarity in the answers of those running for political office, then criticizes Speaker Pelosi for professing to be an "an ardent and practicing Catholic" while espousing views contrary to the teaching of the Church.

Nancy Pelosi's Misinformed Comments (August 2008)
Bishop Samuel Aquila, Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, ND
Bishop Aquila, of Fargo, North Dakota, in an Aug. 26 letter to priests, deacons, seminarians and others, noted that Pelosi's comments on abortion and Catholic teaching, were misinformed and likely to lead to confusion on Catholic teaching.

Statement on Speaker Pelosi's Comments on Abortion (September 2008)
Archbishop George H. Niederauer, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, CA
This statement of 5 September, by the San Francisco Archbishop, included an invitation to Speaker Pelosi to confer with him as her Bishop, which she is reported to have accepted.

On Pelosi's Abortion Remarks (September 2008)
Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, IL
Here is the response of the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago to the recent comments of Speaker Pelosi on abortion, Catholic teaching on the beginning of life, and other life issues.

Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens (September 2008)
Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas and Bishop Robert Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Statement on Senator Biden's Recent Comments on Church Teachings on Abortion (September 2008)
Bishop W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware

Thoughts on Life Issues and Faith Education (September 2008)
Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of Sioux City, IA
The Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, discerns an incoherence in Senator Biden's position that, while he believes with the Church that life begins at conception, he may not impose his faith on others.

Senator Biden's Statements on Abortion and Pluralism (September 2008)
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, CO and & Bishop James D. Conley, Auxiliary  Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, CO
In this statement, the bishops correct the errors of teaching and fact in Senator Biden's comments that could confuse and scandalize the faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver.

Response to Pelosi, Biden Abortion Remarks (September 2008)
Bishop Edward Slattery, Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, OK
The Bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, addresses fallacious statements made on Meet the Press by both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Joseph Biden.

Faithful Citizenship: Abortion (September 2008)
Bishop Thomas Wenski, Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, FL
The Bishop of Orlando reminds his readers that Bishops speak for the Church, not politicians who happen to be Catholic.

Statement on Meet the Press Comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (September 2008)
Bishop David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh added his rejection of Speaker Pelosi's confused summary of Catholic teaching on abortion.

Abortion and Other Issues in an Election Year
Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, responds to Speaker Pelosi's comments.

Continuing Reflections on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: THE TEACHING OF CHRIST (September 2008)
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC

Reflections on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (September 2008)
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC

Letter to the Editor (August 2008)
Bishop John Smith of Trenton, NJ

Bishop of Sioux City Corrects Pelosi on Church Teachings on Abortion (August 2008)
Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of Sioux City, IA lists five universal, non-negotiable principles, rooted in the teachings of Christ.

Statement Challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Statement On Abortion (August 2008)
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Modern Look at Abortion Not Same as St. Augustine's
Bishop Robert Vasa, Bishop of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon

In Response to House Speaker Pelosi's Remarks Concerning Abortion (August 2008)
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, S.T.D., and Bishop Oscar Cantú, D.D., Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas

Catholics who support abortion should not receive Communion (August 2008)
Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

On the Courage to be Christian (August 2008)
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

Statement concerning remarks made by the speaker of the House of Representatives (August 2008)
Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York

Catholic Bishops Slam Pelosi for Abortion Comments (August 2008)
Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine

The Church's Constant Teaching on Abortion
Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington (August 2008)

On the Separation of Sense and State (August 2008)
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

Thoughts on "Roman Catholics for Obama"
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver (PDF format)

40 years later: Pope's concerns in 'Humanae Vitae' vindicated
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Denver

Homily by the Most Reverend William E. Lori, S.T.D. (January 2008)
Bishop William Lori, S.T.D. chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility -- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 2007 [PDF format]

News Conference Remarks -- His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, S.D.B., Vatican Secretary of State (August 8, 2007)

Celebrating 125 Years of Faith in Action [PDF format] -- His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, S.D.B., Vatican Secretary of State (August 8, 2007)

Catholic Politicians Criticize Pope -- Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of Patterson, NJ (June 19, 2007)

Without a Doubt: My R.S.V.P to Rudy Giuliani -- Bishop Thomas Tobin, Bishop of Providence, RI (May 31, 2007)

Our actions and decisions must reflect the dignity of the human person (January 18, 2007)
Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, D.D., Bishop of Fargo, ND

Oral Report to the USCCB June 2006 Meeting: Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians -- Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Elections, Conscience and the Responsibility to Vote - Catholic Bishops of Illinois -- October 2006 (PDF format)

Catholics in the Public Square (2006) -- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

Archbishop Joseph Naumann: Catholics called to bring faith to bear on public issues  -- September 15, 2006

Considerations Regarding the South Dakota Abortion Bill Referendum [part 1] and [part 2] -- Bishop Blase J. Cupich, S.T.D., Bishop of Rapid City, SD.

Moral Principles for Catholic Voters -- From the Bishops of Kansas, 2006 (PDF format)

Cardinal Arinze comments on pro-choice politicians and Holy Communion -- November 14, 2005

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - National Catholic Prayer Breakfast - Washington, DC, May 20, 2005 (PDF Format)

Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on the Election of 2004 - October 29, 2004

Opposition to Abortion More Than an Article of Faith -- Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington - October 21, 2004

Political year offers opportunity to renew our efforts to build a Culture of Life -- Bishop Thomas, Helena, Montana - October 15, 2004

On the Litany of St. Thomas More, Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers -- Most Reverend Michael Saltarelli, Bishop of Wilmington - October 2004

Statement from Archbishop Jerome Hanus in response to comments made by Sister Michelle Nemmers at Democratic Rally in Dubuque, IA - October 31, 2004

Pre-Election Letter to the People of Arlington -- Bishop Paul S. Loverde - October 28, 2004

Politics And Logic -- Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey - October 26, 2004

Bishop Calls Abortion 'Greatest Evil of Our Age' -- Bernard W. Schmitt
Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston - October 20, 2004

Faith and Patriotism -- Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver - October 22, 2004

Church and State -- Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D - September/October 2004
Part I; Part II

Catholic participation in political life, revisited -- Francis Cardinal George, OMI - October 10, 2004

Pastoral Letter on Election 2004 -- Bishop Raymond J. Boland and Bishop Robert W. Finn - October 7, 2004

Respect Life Homily -- Bishop F. Joseph Gossman - October 3, 2004

On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good -- Archbishop Raymond L. Burke - October 1, 2004

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History -- Bishop Rene Henry Gracida - October 2004  [pdf version]

Let’s make a deal: Catholic conscience and compromise -- 
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Denver - September 22, 2004

A Voter's Guide: Pro-choice candidates and church teaching -- Archbishop John J. Meyers, Archbishop of Newark - September 17, 2004

A Letter to Catholic Politicians and Public Officials on the Subject of Abortion and the Law
 -- Bishop David Ricken -- August 2004 Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

A Letter From Most Reverend John F. Donoghue Archbishop of Atlanta on Conscientious Voting - September 16, 2004

Integrity and the Political Arena -- The Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, JCD, Ph.D. - August 10, 2004

Archbishops encourage Catholics to be informed, vote wisely -- Archbishop James P. Keleher and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

Statement of Bishop Rene Henry Gracida on the 2004 Presidential Questionnaire -- August 10, 2004

Statement of Bishop Robert Carlson on Catholic teaching on abortion and political beliefs --August 2004

Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion -- Archbishop Donoghue, Bishop Robert Baker and Bishop Peter Jugis

Bishop Peter Jugis explaining in a sermon why he signed a recent statement barring pro-abortion Catholics from communion -- August 8-9, 2004

Statement by Bishop John Yanta regarding politicians and communion -- July 18, 2004

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - July 2004

Religious Convictions and Public Policy -- Archbishop Henry J. Mansell - Diocese of Hartford, CT (June 2004)

Sign of Faith -- Bread of Life- A Statement by Arcbishop Brunett of Seattle

Catholic Politicians are called to be "Pro-Life"! -- Bishop Bernard Harrington

Bishop Michael Saltarelli's Statement on Catholics in Political Life issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

It’s a matter of honesty: to receive Communion, we need to be in communion - Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., May 24, 2004.

Response to Arizona Republic Article: "Bishops won’t link politics, Communion" - Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, May 21, 2004

Public dissenters should themselves refrain from Communion - Archbishop John Vlazny, May 6, 2004

A Time for Honesty - A Pastoral Statement by Archbishop John Myers, May 5, 2004

Politicians and Communion - Bishop Thomas Wenski, May 3, 2004

Pastoral Letter on the Duties of Catholic Politicians and Voters - Bishop Michael Sheridan, May 1, 2004 (pdf format)

Homily of Bishop Samuel J. Aquila, April 25, 2004 (pdf format)

How to tell a duck from a fox - Thinking with the Church as we look toward November (Archbishop Charles Chaput, April 14, 2004)

Bishop Smith blasts hypocrisy of ‘pro-choice’ Catholic politicians (March 31, 2004)

Co-responsibility for public policy (Archbishop Alfred Hughes), January 2004

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility - A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Raymond Burke (pdf format)

Notification to Catholic Politicians - Bishop Raymond Burke

Homily of Bishop William K. Weigand at Pro-life Mass, January 22, 2003

Cardinal Maida's letter regarding the elections of 2002

Cardinal George comments on Elections 2002

Archbishop Chaput of Denver challenges candidates and voters (October 2002)

Election Reflection - Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap.

Statement by Bishop Blase Cupich, Bishop of Rapid City, SD (November 2002)

Statement by Archbishop Levada of San Francisco - February 2001

Policy Statement on Pro-Abortion Politicians, Diocese of Trenton (reaffirmed 2001)

New Jersey Bishops on Political Responsibility - October 2001

Following are statements issued by various bishops at the time of the 2000 elections. 

Excerpts of Bishops' Statements

Cardinal Egan of New York on the Elections

Two Cardinals on the Centrality of the Right to Life in Politics

Cardinal Hickey- Abortion issue rises above all others in election

Cardinal Roger Mahony Challenges "Pro-choice" Politicians

Bishops of Massachusetts on the "Absolute Centrality" of the Defense of Life as an Election Issue

Pastoral Letter on Catholics and Abortion (September 2000) - Archbishop Elden Curtiss

Archbishop Charles Chaput on Political Responsibility, October 11, 2000

Archbishop Charles Chaput on Political Responsibilty, October 18, 2000

Archbishop Eusebius Beltran on the Right to Life

Archbishop Edwin O'Brien- Letter on Voting - October 1, 2000

Bishop James Timlin: The Ballot and the Right to Life

Bishop Cullen- Right to Life Primary (October 26, 2000)

Bishop Vincent Breen (Diocese of Metuchen) on the Elections

Bishop Murphy of Boston on the Obligation to Vote

Bishop Murphy of Boston on the Church and Political Life

Bishop Murphy of Boston on the Priority of the Abortion Issue

Bishop William Weigand- Voting -- Citizenship and Catholic Principles

Bishop John Smith- Election 2000

Bishop Thomas Dupre on Voting Responsibly

Statement of Bishop Loverde

Bishop John Myers- Voting to Support Abortion is Seriously Wrong

Earlier Statements

January 1999 address by Bishop Donald Trautman on Living the Gospel of Life- A Challenge to American Catholics

Cardinal Law Condemns America's Abortion Mentality and the Right to Privacy (Rome, 1998)

Catholic Bishops of New York on Political Platforms, Abortion, and Euthanasia (1996)

Catholics Urged to Vote Pro-Life (Archbishop Eusebius Beltran) 1994

Abortion and the Catholic Voter (Bishop John Myers) 1990

Pennsylvania Bishops' Statement on Political Responsibility (1984)

Documents from the Bishops' Conference

Catholics in Political Life (June 18, 2004)

Faithful citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility (2003)

US Bishops: Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (November, 1998)

Living the Gospel of Life: Spanish Translation

US Bishops' Administrative Committee: Faithful Citizenship (1999)

Faithful Citizenship: Spanish Translation

Documents from the Vatican

Considerations Regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to unions between homosexual persons (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 3, 2003)

On some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, November 24, 2002)

Excerpt on Political Responsibility from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

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