As in years past, the WCC materials are based on the U.S. bishops’ statement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (www.faithfulcitizenship.org). While the series and resources are designed for parish bulletins, they can also be reproduced on a parish website or on posters.
WCC Executive Director Kim Vercauteren observed that “our unique Catholic voice is vital in a time of increasing political polarization. I hope these resources motivate Catholics to deepen their understanding of Catholic social teaching and get engaged, not just around elections, but
throughout the year.”
In their letter, the Wisconsin bishops urge similar awareness and action:
“Even as we face personal challenges, we are called to look for ways to help those in need. We cannot forget those whose isolation caused by cruelty is constant and will extend beyond a time of pandemic. Now is the time to act on behalf of those who through abortion, xenophobia, racism, poverty, and materialism, society fails to recognize as fully human. May we use what we have learned during recent challenges to better model the love of Christ in what we say and do.”
The bishops close their letter by urging Catholics to engage in prayer, formation, conversation, and action. They also urge individuals to accompany their neighbors and others who may need assistance in voting.
The WCC’s resources are provided to parishes through the diocesan offices responsible for respect life and social concerns. They are also available on the WCC website at www.wisconsincatholic.org.
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For more information, contact Barbara Sella at 608-257-0004.