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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at the USCCB's fall meeting Nov. 15, 2023.

U.S. bishops approve voting guide that calls abortion ‘preeminent priority’

Nov 15, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks our most vulnerable and voiceless brothers and sisters,”... Read more

The U.S. bishops meet in Baltimore for their annual fall general assembly on Nov. 14-17, 2022.

Explainer: ‘Faithful Citizenship,’ the U.S. bishops’ guidance on voting

Nov 13, 2023

By Daniel Payne

In the past, bishops have debated whether the voting guide should continue to call abortion a “preeminent” issue; the question... Read more


U.S. bishops decide to put off rewriting voting guide until after 2024 election

Nov 16, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” is meant to advise Catholic voters on how to apply Church teaching to the decisions... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018.

Abortion 'most directly attacks life', Grand Island bishop teaches

Oct 2, 2020

Though there are many affronts to life, from conception to death, the violence of abortion is the most direct attack... Read more

Bishops in US emphasize importance of life, Church teaching in voting guidances

Sep 25, 2020

As election day looms, Catholic bishops throughout the country are issuing pastoral guidance on how Catholics should think about their... Read more

Bishops pray during the Fall General Assembly of the USCCB.

Analysis: The USCCB 'abortion debate,' and what came after

Nov 14, 2019

By JD Flynn

On Tuesday, 69 U.S. bishops voted against the inclusion of a paragraph in a letter they plan to soon publish.... Read more

The USCCB autumn general assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2019.

Analysis: US bishops at odds over abortion and 'the Francis test'

Nov 12, 2019

By Ed Condon

During the second day of the USCCB Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, divisions among the bishops bubbled briefly to the... Read more

In Florida, bishops' 'Faithful Citizenship' debate heats up

Jun 14, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

What some expected would be a brisk vote to provide supplementary videos and a statement on political life turned out... Read more

Al Franken, public domain. Roy Moore,

Why character counts in the voting booth

Nov 21, 2017

By Michelle La Rosa

Sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought Alabama’s special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat into... Read more

Bishops pray together before the start of the first session of the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013.

Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

Jun 12, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and... Read more