What can priests, deacons, parishes and schools do with regard to policies election of public officials in the
Preach and teach on issues that the Catholic Church considers non-negotiable as well as those requiring prudential judgment including:
Embryonic stem cell research
Marriage between a man and a woman
End of life issues
Just war doctrine
Human rights issues
A parish may also run parish based “voter registration drives”
Distribute “Catholics in the Public Square” booklet published by Bishop Olmsted
Show and promote the use of the two video’s distributed this fall by Bishop Olmsted: Marriage Amendment Presentation, Sanctity of Life Presentation
What are some things that should be avoided?
Any preaching or teaching or articles in the parish bulletin that mentions or references a political party or candidate
Voter registration drives run by other organizations on Church property. Distribution of candidate materials or presentation by candidates or their affiliates on Church property.
Use of signs and materials on Church grounds that include messages that state how or for whom to vote if they can be related to a particular candidate, party or election.