Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Building Faithful Citizenship

Building Faithful Citizenship is a brief, weekly bulletin reflection on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

For Sunday Bulletins on August 24

The call to be informed, conscience-driven citizens does not begin and end in election years. Volunteering in our communities, being a principled worker or employer, spending and investing in ethical ways, staying informed and engaging in reasoned dialogue on important issues are only a few of the daily activities that impact the health of our society. Living our faith is a daily challenge to grasp “the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God.

The U.S. Catholic Bishops encourage us to follow several steps
in forming our consciences:

* A desire to embrace goodness and truth that is reflected in our willingness to study Scripture and the teachings of the church.
* Examining the facts and background information of our choices
* Prayerful reflection

Are my opinions of candidates and issues shaped by good conscience formation and a desire for the common good?