Faithful Citizenship

Read Archbishop Vigneron's Letter on Faithful Citizenship

In 2020, as it has in previous election years, the Archdiocese of Detroit takes its lead from the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). These published guidelines clarify the appropriate political and electoral activity for Catholic parishes and organizations in southeast Michigan.

Michigan Catholic Conference's Election Year Guidelines (available in both English and Spanish)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Do's and Don'ts Guidelines During Election Season

Other Resources

  • The Michigan Catholic Conference's Voter's Guide examines the role of conscience formation and civility in the 2020 election. It provides questions and thoughts for Catholics to consider before casting their ballot.
  • The Michigan Catholic Conference's election resources page has information on voter registration, conscience formation, social media graphics, ballot and candidate information, prayer and saint resources, and more.
  • Civilize It is a new project of the USCCB that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue during conversation and engagement in the political process. The bishops of Michigan, through the MCC, fully endorse Civilize It and the resources it provides, which include a pledge, a prayer, and a pastoral aid for parishes.
  • Once again, the USCCB offers its teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics – Faithful Citizenship. It urges pastors, along with lay and religious, to form their consciences as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
  • Priorities at the Polls: This article by Archbishop Naumann, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, provides a brief overview of Catholics’ responsibilities to protect and defend human life as we approach the polls. (English | Spanish)

Parish Resources


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