Faithful Citizenship

“As Americans, this Inauguration Day is an opportunity to reclaim our treasured heritage as a democratic republic of free people. As Catholics, it is an opportunity to recommit the best of ourselves to advance the common good, model civility, protect human dignity, and, most importantly, pray for our leaders and our beloved country.”

Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Jan. 20, 2021

"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, Nov. 9, 2020

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 took its lead from the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). These published guidelines were offered to the faithful to help 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 offered its teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics – Faithful Citizenship. It urged 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)
  • Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, the USCCB offered an electronic Election Novena to help Catholics form their consciences as they prepare for the election.
  • The USCCB also offered a series of Pro-Life Rosaries for the faithful to pray during election season and beyond.
Parish Resources:
  • The Archdiocese of Detroit shared a collection of bulletin items for parishes to use during the election season.

Individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact us at