Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The 2016 election season is well underway. Voting begins at the end of September and continues through Election Day, Nov. 8. Many of you have already begun your decision-making process. This time offers an excellent opportunity to examine the candidates and issues with a properly formed conscience, learning and taking to heart the moral and social teaching of the church.
In the document, Faithful Citizenship for Iowa Catholics, the Iowa bishops say, “As Catholics, our cause is the defense of human life and dignity and the protection of the weak and vulnerable … the principles of Catholic social teaching — dignity of the human person, subsidiarity and solidarity, freedom, participation, the common good, and care for the poor and most vulnerable among us — must define our positions on issues and should invite reflection on the best specific response.” You can find the complete document, as well as other helpful resources, at www.iowacatholicconference.org and then click on “Faithful Citizenship.” Also see Page 7 in today’s Catholic Messenger.
The church does not endorse or oppose any candidates or a particular political party. Advocacy for or endorsement of a particular candidate or party is not permitted. No signs or materials supporting a particular party or candidate can be placed on or distributed within church/institutional property.
Considering the lack of civility in our political system, the voice of informed Catholics is needed more than ever. Thank you for your assistance with this effort.
Yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Martin Amos,
Bishop of Davenport