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“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.”
– Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, U.S. Catholic Bishops (November 2007)
News & Events
Welcome Bishop Michael Burbidge!
New shepherd for the Diocese of Arlington to be installed December 6, 2016. See statement by Executive Director Jeff Caruso
Election 2016 toolbox
Virginia Bishops' before-the election statement
Civic duty: responding in charity as American citizens and children of God
Four principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Know the Positions of the Presidential Candidates
Where do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on important issues?
Who are the third party candidates on the VA ballot? See here
Who's running for Congress?
What issues should you ask them about? What Catholic principles should guide your votes?
Diocese of Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde's columns on Faithful Citizenship
Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo's statement on Catholics in elected office.
Bishop DiLorenzo's statement on Church teaching and marriage
Faithful Citizenship: Catholics are called to be engaged in the political process. See these resources
VA Bishops' guidelines for parish political activities
Are you registered to vote in the Nov. 8th elections?
Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 18, 2016
What's behind the issues?
Follow our blog: from the tiber to the james
Statement by the Virginia Bishops on three key actions by Gov. McAuliffe and General Assembly: electric chair, religous liberty and defunding Planned Parenthood
Governor vetoes bill to protect clergy, religious organizations that follow, act according to now counter-cultural belief about marriage
See the Conference statement
Governor vetoes bill to defund Planned Parenthood
Governor supports abortion industry, but not real, comprehensive health care. See the Conference statement
Virginia General Assembly 2016 legislative session
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Conference Marks Landmark Anniversary
Watch Jeff Caruso in this video about the first decade in Richmond
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