Each year the Catholic Conference of Ohio, the official representative body of the Catholic Church in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of the citizen of Ohio, provides Election Day guidance for voters. As Election Day approaches, guidelines and reflections from the Ohio Catholic Bishops have been provided for choosing elective offices and statewide Issue 1.
In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience.
Catholic voters are called to properly form their consciences in preparation for voting and for the continued advocacy for just laws and policies required after voting. This process should focus on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak, and the pursuit of the common good. It requires constant prayer, understanding of Church teaching, and discernment that goes beyond campaign rhetoric and partisan politics.
To aid in the discernment process, online resources from the Catholic Conference of Ohio are listed below:
Ohio Ballot Issue 1
- (background on Issue 1) org/Ohio_Issue_1,_Drug_and_Criminal_Justice_Policies_Initiative_(2018)
Reflections of Choosing Political Candidates
Making Moral Choices When Voting
Collection of Election Resources by the Ohio Catholic Conference