Election 2020

As our post-Election 2020 world unfolds, my thoughts are centered on prayer. In writing about matters of Church and State, St. Paul urges ‘supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone… for all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity.’ As Catholics, we are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the political process – before, during and after. We can do this by modeling civility; displaying equanimity, humility and grace; and, most importantly, praying for our beloved country.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron

The following resources were provided to the faithful and clergy ahead of the 2020 election and are retained here for reference going forward:

The Archdiocese of Detroit neither endorses nor opposes candidates or parties, because no politician, political party, or platform aligns perfectly with the Gospel. Our role, then, is to help educate on the moral implications of civic issues so that Catholics can draw on these principles and Church teachings to guide their voting decisions.

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.

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)
  • Election Novena
  • Pro-Life Rosaries
Parish Resources:

Individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact us at proffice@aod.org.