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Resources for Faithful Citizenship

The resources listed below from the ACP member publishers are intended to complement the USCCB's statement "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." Some resources are primarily for adults, others for children.

What is Faithful Citizenship?

Every four years, the U.S. Catholic bishops share a teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. The document is organized around four key principles of Catholic social teaching: Dignity of the Human Person, Subsidiarity, the Common Good, and Solidarity (para. 40-56.)

We encourage you to read the full statement especially Part One which includes a reflection on a well-formed conscience.

The ACP publisher members offer the following resources to help further your study and reflection on how to participate faithfully in the political life of our country and to help those with whom you minister--parents, families, teens, young adults, mature adults--to better understand their important role as both Catholics and U.S. voting citizens.

We have organized the resources around the four key principles of Catholic social teaching found in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

44. Human life is sacred. 

Dignity of the Human Person

Let's Talk about Bullying
Dr. Pat Fosarelli

Without question, bullying is among the top challenges facing our children today. Giving them the chance to safely speak up and speak out about it is the first step to overcoming the challenge. But what is bullying, and how can parents help their children to respond to it in a Christ-like way?

Written by best-selling author, pediatrician and religious educator Pat Fosarelli, this devotional guide provides a faith-centered way for parents and children to open up with each other about bullying. October is bullying prevention month.

5 Steps to Positive Political Dialogue
Amy Uelman

If you feel like politics and politicians have sunk into a hopeless pit of divisiveness and insincerity, you need this book by Amy Uelman,  Lecturer at the Georgetown Law School where she teaches seminars in law and religion, professional ethics, and Catholic social thought.

Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People
Charles Camosy

Association of Catholic Publishers 2020 Resource of the Year.

Catholic Update, January 2019Human Trafficking: The Catholic Response 

Catholic Update,  August 2019: A Catholic Response to Racism

Catholic Update, February 2020: Immigration: Understanding the Catholic Call

The Liguorian Magazine, May-June 2020: Immigration Now: There’s No Simple Solution

46. The human person is not only sacred but also social. Full human development takes place in relationship with others.


49. Human dignity is respected and the common good is fostered only if human rights are protected and basic responsibilities are met.

The Common Good

7 Steps to Better Conversations 
A Catholic’s Guide to Civility for Today’s Divided World
Lorene Duquin

As incivility, bullying, and mean-spirited communication have risen to new heights in our society, people of good faith wonder how we might change this tide of disrespect. Written for small-group discussion as well as personal reflection, this important booklet offers a fresh approach to communicating in our most difficult relationships, whether online or in person. Building upon the teachings of Pope Francis, Lorene Duquin explores several ways in which we might come together to talk through our differences, challenges, and disagreements with renewed kindness, honesty, and respect. Pope Francis reminds us that the “world will recognize the disciples of Jesus by the way they love one another.

The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching
Mark Shea

Mark Shea’s succinct primer brings us into the heart of the Church’s thinking on society and the economy — needed now as never before.”–Austen Ivereigh, author of Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church

Let’s Talk about Truth
A Guide for Preachers, Teachers, and Other Catholic Leaders in a World of Doubt and Discord
Ann M. Garrido

The mere mention of “truth” will often start arguments, even among the best of friends and the closest of family members. To avoid conflict, Church leaders often side-step the topic altogether. In Let’s Talk about Truth, Ann M. Garrido shares practical ways that preachers and others charged with moral and spiritual leadership in the Church can stop backing away from the topic and instead help Catholics recover the practice of truth as a way of life.

In Let’s Talk about Truth, award-winning author and associate professor of homiletics Ann M. Garrido shows Catholic preachers, teachers, and other leaders ways to approach the contentious topic of truth with confidence that the Church’s intellectual and pastoral traditions are squarely on their side. She explores truth as a multifaceted reality that serves four foundational roles in the Christian life.

A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching (Third Edition)
Kevin E. McKenna

Topics related to Catholic social teaching emerge regularly in American political and civic discourse, often connected to discussions about religious freedom, abortion, immigrant rights, racism, capital punishment, and health care. This third edition of A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching by Rev. Kevin E. McKenna incorporates the essential teachings of Pope Francis in Evangelium GaudiumLaudato Si’, and Amoris Laetitia to offer a clear, beginner-level reference tool and study guide for Church leaders and other interested Catholics to help them navigate this vast body of teaching.

Catholic Update, July 2020: Voting With a Catholic Heart

The Liguorian Magazine, September 2020: The Faithful Go to the Polls

52. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions and requires us to eradicate racism and address the extreme poverty and disease plaguing so much of the world. 


Teaching Kids to Respect Others: Racism
A one-hour webinar with Kevin Dowd

In this session, Kevin Dowd draws our attention to Church teaching on the issue of racism and invites us to consider how to bring this teaching into our work as catechists, teachers, DREs/administrators, and youth ministers and pastors. Kevin provides some practical ideas to get us started in the collaborative work of bringing an anti-racist approach to our work in faith formation. The presentation addresses some important current topics such as systemic racism, implicit bias, and police brutality. It also includes a suggestion from the U.S. bishops on how to move forward together in the work of creating a more just and peaceful society, emphasize the importance of opportunities for family faith-sharing and prayer, address the variety of learning methods that parishes are experiencing today.