Federal Election: Voting as a Catholic

By October 2, 2019 October 20th, 2019 News

“For Catholics, voting is not only a duty but should be done well. A key feature of carrying out one’s duty and responsibility to vote is to exercise and inform one’s conscience. This is particularly important because we are called to be voices that speak to virtue, healing and decency in politics and social engagement. We are also called to be mindful of both our needs and goals and those of others – especially those who are unable to speak for themselves.” – Bishop Mark Hagemoen.

Snapshot of issues, Catholic teaching and party policies: ELECTION HANDOUT

Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s Letter regarding Federal Election: Election discernment


Watch the “Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective” held on Thursday, Oct 3 in the Archdiocese of Toronto:


Salt + Light has also produced an excellent summary of the moral obligation that Catholics have to vote, and how our faith must play a role when we are deciding how to cast our ballot, part of their Behold series:


The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has produced a resource:  2019 Federal Election Guide: Voting as Catholics   /   Guide des élections fédérales de 2019 which states:

“By exercising their right to vote, citizens fulfill their duty of choosing a government and at the same time send a clear signal to the candidates being presented by their political parties for election…..”

Check out the CCCB Guide and its links to more deeply explore such issues as:

More Resources:

Catholic Teaching and Election issues: For Heaven’s Sake: VOTE!

Reflection by Myron Rogal, Office of Justice and Peace, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon: “Political but not Partisan”


Catholic Formation for Civic Participation – CatholicConscience.org

Federal Parties’ Platforms: ConscienceCard-2019

Catholic Teaching listed alongside Party Platforms: SUMMARY

Archdiocese of Toronto – Election page:

Reflection Series by Dr. Brett Salkeld, Archdiocesan Theologian, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Regina:

“How to Vote Like a Catholic” – with Dr. Brett Salkeld (video of presentation in Regina Oct. 1:


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