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Election Resources – 2008

October 1st, 2008

With important presidential and congressional elections fast approaching, we would like to share citizenship and election resources based on principles of Catholic Social Teaching:

US Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Faithful Citizenship Initiative

A comprehensive guide to promoting active citizenship, the Faithful Citizenship Initiative of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops offers materials for families, parishes, schools, and diocesan and community leaders to promote thoughtful civic participation. Download the Bishops’ Statement: “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship”.

Consistent Life Ethic

The Consistent Life Ethic is a commitment to “the protection of life, which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia.” Advocates “believe that these issues are linked under a ‘consistent ethic of life’. … [They] challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected.” For more information, visit Consistent Life

Center of Concern Election Initative

The Center of Concern has developed materials to help us participate actively in the current political campaigns as informed and faithful Christians. The materials are designed to help deepen our analysis, make our own evaluation of the programs and candidates, and engage our local communities.

Topics include immigration, international relations, jobs and job outsourcing, poverty, Iraq and security, health care, and climate change. Other topics may be developed as the campaigns evolve.

Please go to the Center of Concern website to download materials.

U.S. Elections 2008: Loving our neighbor in a shrinking world

US foreign policy decisions reverberate around the world, in positive and negative ways. To educate US voters about the ways in which decisions made by our legislators and leaders can affect our brothers and sisters in other countries, the Maryknoll Global Concerns Office has prepared an election guide based on the principles of Catholic social tradition and gospel teachings, and inspired by the extensive experience of Maryknoll missioners around the world.

For materials, visit the website of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Election guides and other materials are available in both English and Spanish.

We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a ‘consistent ethic of life’. We challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected.

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