Bishops Call for Civility in Political Discourse

by Msgr. Robert Siler

Catholic Church Calls for Civility

(haz clic aquí para leer en español el documento “Amarse los unos a los otros”)

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State, including Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima,  released a pastoral statement today calling on all Washingtonians to work toward healing our political divisions. The Bishops point out that civility is everyone’s responsibility, “If we want people running for elected office to behave better, we have to start with behaving better with people we encounter who hold differing opinions than our own.”

Observing the paralysis of our political system, the bishops stressed the urgency of alleviating human suffering at home and abroad. “We must learn again how to work with people who hold different political positions and keep the pressing priorities paramount,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne. “We cannot let disagreements derail our efforts for the common good.”

The pastoral statement is titled, “Love One Another – Practicing Civility for the Common Good.” The statement highlights the national Civilize It campaign sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The Bishops invite Catholics and others to pledge to “promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.”

About the Washington State Catholic Conference

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the common voice of the Catholic Bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Spokane and the Diocese of Yakima. Visit for more information.

Love One Another – pastoral statement on civility_English

Love One Another -pastoral statement on civility_Spanish

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For more information, contact: Mario Villanueva, Washington State Catholic Conference, 206-301-0556