“One of our most fundamental rights is the right to vote.”
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is encouraging all faithful Catholics to vote in the election on March 5, 2024. The last day to register to vote for The Presidential Primary Election is February 20, 2024. Click on the link below to register through the California Secretary of State’s website.
California Catholic Conference Policy on California and National Ballot Propositions
Approved by the Catholic Bishops of California
The California Catholic Conference staff reviews all statewide ballot initiatives and referenda. The bishops, after appropriate consultation, may choose—either individually or as a conference—to support, oppose, or take no position on each measure. Signature gathering, through parishes, schools and ministries, to place an initiative on the California ballot is very rarely permitted. In the past, this has only been allowed for measures which directly protect the sanctity of human life. These policies, as well as further guidelines, are available at: CCC/elections.
A Better Kind of Politics
In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis called us to seek “a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good” (no. 154). As Catholics, we are called to respond to others as our brothers and sisters, even those with whom we disagree. As we engage in the political process, we are invited to take the Civilize It pledge.
– To affirm through my words and actions the dignity of every person, each made in God’s image. Even those with whom I disagree are made in his image.
– To respectfully listen in order to understand experiences different from my own.
– To engage in critical examination to ensure that my perspectives are rooted in truth, that my sources of information are unbiased, and that I do not open myself to manipulation by partisan interests.
– To form my conscience through prayerful reflection, study of scripture and Church teaching, and guidance from reputable experts.
– To reflect on my own values and seek, with others, to identify shared values.
– To be open to the process of dialogue that can require change of perspective—my own and others’—in service to the inviolable dignity of all and the common good.
– To be a bridgebuilder who participates in constructive dialogue based in shared values, a mutual exchange of gifts, and the humility to together seek the good.
– To see differences in perspective as opportunities for creative tension which can yield solutions for the common good.
– To work with others in order to identify creative solutions rooted in our shared values.