"While doing the good is non-negotiable, there is room for legitimate disagreement on the best way to achieve the good. It is also non-negotiable to avoid evil; thus, we should not vote for a candidate who promotes intrinsic evil without grave moral reasons.  Let us remember to pray for our country in the upcoming elections and ask our Lord to guide us as we exercise our responsibility to participate in public life through exercising our right to vote." - Bishop John Doerfler

Bishop John Doerfler's 2020 Voter Guide

In light of the 2020 elections in the United States, Bishop Doerfler offers this guide on our responsibility to vote and participate in the public square. He writes, “I am not telling you how to vote, nor am I supporting any political party or candidate. Rather, I am speaking to moral principles that we are called to embrace, and it is your responsibility to consider prayerfully how to vote in light of these principles. In doing so, we are not imposing our Catholic faith on others. The moral principles that I will be discussing are rooted in basic truths about the human person.”
For a downloadable PDF of the guide, click here: 2020 Moral Principles in Voting Guide
Additional resources referenced in the guide:
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship resources: https://www.usccb.org/offices/justice-peace-human-development/forming-consciences-faithful-citizenship
Basic principles guiding the Church’s response to immigration may be found on the website established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/ and https://justiceforimmigrants.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Principles-of-Migration-1-18-17.pdf

Is your allegiance to a political party or ideology stronger than your allegiance to the Gospel and to Jesus Christ?

Bishop John Doerfler's homily, Sept. 27th, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Other resources

2020 Election Novena: USCCB
Michigan Catholic Conference Election Year Guidelines for Catholic Parishes and Organizations: MCC
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Do's and Don'ts Guidelines During Election Season: USCCB
Civilize It: The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) started a yearlong initiative in November 2019 that it described as inviting “Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on others to do the same.” Website

Michiganders say the Civilize It pledge

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