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Election Year Guidelines for Catholic Parishes and Organizations

posted Aug 15, 2016, 9:35 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 10:14 AM ]

The following are “Dos and Don’ts” to help assist Catholic entities during the 2016 election season:


  • Share Catholic Social Teaching and apply these values to legislation, public issues, and ballot issues.
  • Advocate for or against a particular ballot proposal.
  • Conduct a non-partisan voter registration drive.
  • Encourage Catholics to vote after evaluating candidate positions carefully and having developed their conscience.
  • Check with the diocesan attorney if there are questions about appropriate activity. 


  • Only invite selected candidates to address a church-sponsored group.
  • Distribute partisan campaign literature or unapproved election material.
  • Endorse/oppose candidates and political parties while acting as a representative of the Church.
  • Use organizational resources to participate in political activities or provide financial support for candidates, political parties, or PACs.
  • Conduct a voter registration slanted toward one candidate or political party.