Faithful citizenship

See also British nationality law. The idea that there was such a thing as an Australian nationality as distinct from a British one was considered by the High Court of Australia in to be a "novel idea" to which it was "not disposed to give any countenance". Australia followed with the passing of the Nationality Act[3] which codified the concept of a British subject in Australia, effective from 1 January

Faithful citizenship

Elections have the potential to transform the institutions and issues people care about, including the economic opportunity in their community, the availability of affordable housing, the safety of the roads and bridges on which they travel, or the way human dignity is upheld.

For better or for worse, communities feel the impact of the decisions made by their elected officials, and having an opportunity to voice concerns and hold officials accountable is paramount in the American political system.

Read more from The Word from Lansing Column: Find resources to help guide you in this process below. As Catholics, we are members of a community of faith with a long tradition of teaching and action on human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace, care for creation, and the common good.

As Americans, we are also blessed with religious liberty which safeguards our right to bring our principles and moral convictions into the public arena.

These Constitutional freedoms need to be both exercised and protected.

Faithful citizenship

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is the call to political responsibility for Catholics in the United States. The struggles that we face as a nation and as a global community cannot be addressed solely by choosing the "best candidate" for political office.

In addition to forming our consciences, we must fast and pray, asking our loving and gracious God to give us the ability to effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our daily witness to our faith and its teachings.The term “faithful citizenship” recognizes our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and citizens in a democratic society.

We hold rights and duties, both in participating in the civic order but also as “citizens of the heavenly Kingdom.


The document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States provides a framework for Catholics in the United States. Please see resources below for learning about this important message.

Faithful citizenship

However, Faithful Citizenship is about more than elections. It requires ongoing participation in the continuing political and legislative process. To participate in the political and legislative process as a faithful citizen requires that first of all our political positions be grounded in our faith.

If the bishops adopt the proposed draft of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” their quadrennial document issued in presidential election years on the responsibilities of Catholics. 2 The document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States and its Introductory Note were developed by the chairmen, in consultation with the membership, of the Committees on Catholic Education.

Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility is the version of a series of documents published every four years by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Catholic teachings and political elections.

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