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Illinois bishops offer guidance on voting

As part of the Catholic Church, we can't tell you who to vote for. But we can offer some points for you to ponder before heading to the polling place.

Our six diocesan bishops have written a series of four bulletin inserts set to appear in parishes statewide beginning Sept. 23. After an introductory letter, the inserts stress the importance of conscience, moral clarity and religious liberty.

The schedule of the inserts follows, or click on the links to read the inserts in English, Spanish or Polish.

For the weekend of Sept. 23 — This introductory letter offers a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming inserts. Read it in Spanish or Polish.

For the weekends of Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 — This second insert explores the importance of conscience, which is more than just a "feeling." Read it in Spanish or Polish.

For the weekends of Oct. 14 and 21 — This third insert looks at the moral clarity needed to evaluate a candidate's position on public policy issues. Read it in Spanish or Polish.

For the weekends of Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 — This final insert stresses the importance of safeguarding our religious freedom, which has recently come under attack from the limited definition of religious employer proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Read it in Spanish or Polish.