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Civilize IT

New Faithful Citizenship Resources Available This Election Season

In 2020, as it has in previous election years, the Diocese of Saginaw 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.

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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.

As election season is now in full swing, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers new resources to help Catholics serve the common good and engage in public discussions with civility. 

New Videos for Prayer and Action as Faithful Citizens

USCCB offers five new videos that inspire prayer and action in public life. Each complement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops' teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. The videos are available in four languages and highlight the following themes: 

Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate 

Catholics are called to bring the best of themselves and their faith to the public square. However, this task can seem overwhelming, especially with the harsh language that too often occurs in local and national conversations. Recognizing that no one wins when personal attacks replace honest debate, the USCCB created Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate. This non-partisan initiative focuses on the dignity of all people, even when disagreement exists. Relevant resources-including a pledge, a short reflection/bulletin insert, an examination of conscience , and a prayer for civility-are available at www.CivilizeIt.org. MCC encourages all to consider their role in contributing to an atmosphere of greater civility this election cycle.