"Participation in political life in light of fundamental moral principles is an essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will."
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2007
"As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life. The manner of this participation may vary from one country or culture to another... As with any ethical obligation, the participation of all in realizing the common good calls for a continually renewed conversion of the social partners. Fraud and other subterfuges, by which some people evade the constraints of the law and the prescriptions of societal obligation, must be firmly condemned because they are incompatible with the requirements of justice. Much care should be taken to promote institutions that improve the conditions of human life."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1915-1916
“Flowing from our God-given dignity, each person has basic rights and responsibilities. These include the rights to freedom of conscience and religious liberty, to raise a family, to immigrate, to live free from unfair discrimination, and to have a share of earthly goods sufficient for oneself and one’s family. People have a fundamental right to life and to those things that make life truly human: food, clothing, housing, health care, education, security, social services, and employment. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities - to one another, to our families, and to the larger society, to respect the rights of others and to work for the common good.”
CCHD, Basic Principles of Catholic Mission