“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20)
Saint Paul reminds the Philippians that they and he have their citizenship in heaven, which gives a sense of hope for present and future days. Heard in the context of Roman rule at the time when the letter was composed by Paul, he affirms for the Philippians that indeed they are citizens of the Roman commonwealth and proudly so, but the greater reality is that they are subjects of their heavenly Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Thus, their true commonwealth exists in the reign of God, and they are to stand firm in their Lord, remembering that they are also Paul’s joy and his crown.
“The Catholic community is large and diverse. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We are members of every race, come from every ethnic background, and live in urban, rural, and suburban communities in all fifty states. We are CEOs and migrant farm workers, senators and persons on public assistance, business owners and union members. But all Catholics are called to a common commitment to protect human life and stand with those who are poor and vulnerable. We are all called to provide a moral leaven for our democracy, to be the salt of the earth.”
“We bishops seek to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with the truth, so they can make sound moral choices in addressing these challenger. We do not tell Catholics how to vote. The responsibility to make political choices rests with person and his or her properly formed conscience.”
“Conscience is a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act …. (every person) is obliged to follow faithfully what he (or she) knows to be just and right (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1778). We Catholics have a lifelong obligation to form our consciences in accord with human reason, enlightened by the teaching of Christ as it comes to us through the Church.”
(Excerpts from: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship)