Politics and morality are inseparable. Similarly, voting and morality are intertwined, which means voting is a serious responsibility. God will hold us accountable for the way we exercise our vote.

As Catholics and Christians, our goal in voting is to elect officials whose principles and political proposals fall most in line with the natural moral law, Divine Law, and authentic goodness. In other words, how closely do the proposals of the politicians we vote for harmonize with the goodness of God and his will for human flourishing? We want to elect leaders who will protect human life, lend support to human dignity, marriage, the family, and the common good. 

Voting involves many complex issues to sort through of differing moral weight. Catholics often wonder where to begin. In other words, how do we sort through the moral issues on the table? Which are most important? Which are less important?    

Objective: In this course, we’re going to talk about how to vote as a Catholic and we’ll cover some of the basic principles Catholics and other Christians should consider when selecting political candidates for positions of leadership in governing bodies. Our duty before God to vote in a morally responsible way is difficult to over-emphasize.

We want leaders who exercise their authority legitimately, are “committed to the common good of society,” and employ morally acceptable means of promoting and supporting the human person in society (CCC, 1921).

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 1 - Why Voting Is Important

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 1 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 1 - Why Voting Is Important - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 1 - Why Voting Is Important - VIDEO
    • Lesson 1 - Why Voting Is Important - QUIZ
  • 02

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 2 - The Importance of Properly Forming the Conscience

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 2 - Introduction
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    • Lesson 2 - The Importance of Properly Forming the Conscience - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 2 - The Importance of Properly Forming the Conscience - VIDEO
    • Lesson 2 - The Importance of Properly Forming the Conscience - QUIZ
  • 03

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 3 - Correctly Prioritizing Moral Issues

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 3 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 3 - Correctly Prioritizing Moral Issues - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 3 - Correctly Prioritizing Moral Issues - VIDEO
    • Lesson 3 - Correctly Prioritizing Moral Issues - QUIZ
  • 04

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 4 - Intrinsic Evils vs Matters of Prudential Judgment

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 4 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 4 - Intrinsic Evils vs Matters of Prudential Judgment - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 4 - Intrinsic Evils vs Matters of Prudential Judgment - VIDEO
    • Lesson 4 - Intrinsic Evils vs Matters of Prudential Judgment - QUIZ
  • 05

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 5 - Abortion The Preeminent Moral Issue In America

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 5 - Introduction
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    • Lesson 5 - Abortion The Preeminent Moral Issue In America - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 5 - Abortion The Preeminent Moral Issue In America - VIDEO
    • Lesson 5 - Abortion The Preeminent Moral Issue In America - QUIZ
  • 06

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 6 - Voting With a Coherent Ethic of Life Approach

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 6 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 6 - Voting With a Coherent Ethic of Life Approach - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 6 - Voting With a Coherent Ethic of Life Approach - VIDEO
    • Lesson 6 - Voting With a Coherent Ethic of Life Approach - QUIZ
  • 07

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 7 - A Practical Example of Pro-Life vs Anti-Life

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 7 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 7 - A Practical Example of Pro-Life vs Anti-Life - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 7 - A Practical Example of Pro-Life vs Anti-Life - VIDEO
    • Lesson 7 - A Practical Example of Pro-Life vs Anti-Life - QUIZ
  • 08

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 8 - Choosing The Candidate Who Will Do The Least Damage to Human Life, Dignity, and The Common Good

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 8 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 8 - Choosing The Candidate Who Will Do The Least Damage to Human Life, Dignity, and The Common Good - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 8 - Choosing The Candidate Who Will Do The Least Damage to Human Life, Dignity, and The Common Good - VIDEO
    • Lesson 8 - Choosing The Candidate Who Will Do The Least Damage to Human Life, Dignity, and The Common Good - QUIZ
  • 09

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 9 - Can A Catholic Choose Not To Vote?

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 9 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 9 - Can A Catholic Choose Not To Vote? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 9 - Can A Catholic Choose Not To Vote? - VIDEO
    • Lesson 9 - Can A Catholic Choose Not To Vote? - QUIZ
  • 10

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 10 - Voting for An Anti-Life Politician Can Place Your Soul At Risk

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 10 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 10 - Voting for An Anti-Life Politician Can Place Your Soul At Risk - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 10 - Voting for An Anti-Life Politician Can Place Your Soul At Risk - VIDEO
    • Lesson 10 - Voting for An Anti-Life Politician Can Place Your Soul At Risk - QUIZ
  • 11

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 11 - Addressing Some Common Misunderstandings

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 11 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 11 - Addressing Some Common Misunderstandings - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 11 - Addressing Some Common Misunderstandings - VIDEO
    • Lesson 11 - Addressing Some Common Misunderstandings - QUIZ
  • 12

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 12 - Frequently Asked Questions

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 12 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 12 - Frequently Asked Questions - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 12 - Frequently Asked Questions - VIDEO
    • Lesson 12 - Frequently Asked Questions - QUIZ
  • 13

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 13 - Voting With Virtue

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 13 - Introduction
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    • Lesson 13 - Voting With Virtue - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 13 - Voting With Virtue - VIDEO
    • Lesson 13 - Voting With Virtue - QUIZ
  • 14

    Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 14 - The Top Three Voting Concerns In America Today

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    • Voting as a Catholic - Lesson 14 - Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Lesson 14 - The Top Three Voting Concerns In America Today - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE
    • Lesson 14 - The Top Three Voting Concerns In America Today - VIDEO
    • Lesson 14 - The Top Three Voting Concerns In America Today - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology

Deacon Frederick Bartels