As faithful Catholics, it is our duty and obligation to take part in shaping the moral character of our community, our state, and our country—especially in a time of so much civic unrest and the need to address injustices of the past and present. One important way to do this is through voting.
Catholic Moral and Social Teaching, drawn from human reason and illuminated by Scripture, offers a consistent moral framework to guide our actions in the voting booth and hold our leaders accountable, particularly government leaders who profess the Catholic faith. Our faith allows us to maintain a hierarchy of values when voting on candidates and issues during an election. All of the listed values in the hierarchy are important; however, some are more foundational and therefore require more priority.
Hierarchy of Values to Guide Voting as a Catholic:
- Sanctity of Life
- Marriage and Family
- Religious Liberty
- Economic Justice, Poverty, & Welfare
- Health Care
- Immigration & Promoting Foreign Peace
- Restorative Justice
- Energy & Environment