A voters’ guide for Catholics (and others of good will)
Please vote November 8

This year’s elections offer voters an opportunity to ensure that the nation is guided by leaders who will provide practical and efficient leadership with the good of all in mind – including the unborn, the elderly, the young, families, and those who are too often forgotten by society – as well as workers, farmers, business owners, and all future generations.

Catholics are called to participate, in accordance with the full measure of talents entrusted to us by God. At a minimum, this means voting wisely after having prayerfully considered all relevant issues, the positions of each of the candidates and parties, and relevant Church teachings. And many of us are called to deeper involvement: volunteering at polling stations and other efforts to get out the vote; engaging personally with candidates and party officials; helping to spread good ideas and encourage others to vote properly; or in some cases volunteering to assist candidates or parties – or even putting ourselves forward as candidates.

This page will guide you toward resources and starting points to assist you in these efforts, whether you are Catholic or simply a good person interested in a better world.

A Catholic Voting Process

The Catholic voting process always involves informing ourselves and praying for guidance.

Using the process outlined here, we can vote with confidence – even when no clear choice is offered.

Platform Comparisons

We work from the full, official platforms of registered national parties, sorting them in their entireties into a side-by-side comparison with relevant teachings of the Church, to enable voters to fairly compare the positions of the parties on all relevant issues, starting from level Catholic ground. We also offer points for reflection, in order to promote conversation and help with difficult choices.

Parish and Group Resources

From bulletin inserts to online workshops for your organization’s non-partisan get-out-the-vote efforts, we offer free resources to help you engage your members.

A Catholic Voting Process and Election Resources

The Catholic Commons – our monthly newsletter

Stay connected between elections:  news with points to ponder.

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Federal Platform Comparisons – 2022 Midterm Elections

Our party platform comparisons are based on official publications of the registered parties, and any communications provided by the parties directly to Catholic Conscience, as of May 1, 2022.  We will update these materials  as best we can as the elections approach.  Voters are in all cases encouraged to review the websites, platforms, and other materials published by the parties, and to speak directly to the parties and their candidates.   Parties having questions or suggestions for the improvement of these comparisons are invited to contact us at info@CatholicConscience.org.

Both printable .pdf and easy-to-browse online versions of the full comparisons are offered below.

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2022 US Midterm Comparison

A printable version of the complete platform comparison set out in easy-to-browse form below, covering the complete substance of each party’s platform in the party’s own words.

The Sanctity of Human Life: from Conception to Natural Death

Abortion, Euthanasia & Alternatives │ Human Engineering │ Population Control

Stewardship of Creation

Climate Change │ Species, Diversity & Wildlife │ Energy & Resources │ Conservation & Sustainable Development

Family, Community & the Common Good

Role of the Family │ Healthcare │ Education & Young Workers │ Culture Arts & Tourism

An Economy to Serve People

The Dignity of Work │ Poverty Reduction │ Labour, Unions, Employment | Industries & Corporations

The Individual & Society: Rights, Responsibility, & Subsidiarity

Civil Liberties │ Human Rights │ Responsibilities: Participation & Subsidiarity

Solidarity

Supporting the Marginalized │ Indigenous Peoples │ Rural Communities │ Refugees & Newcomers

Good Government: Democracy, Justice, & Peace

Role & Purpose of Government │ Stewardship & Reform │ Provinces, Territories, Municipalities │ International Relations & Defense │ Public Safety

Information on this page was last updated on Jul 9, 2022 @ 6:46 pm.

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