U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles called on elected leaders to work towards the common good as he congratulated former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris on winning the 2020 presidential election.

“Now is the time for our leaders to come together in a spirit of national unity and to commit themselves to dialogue and compromise for the common good,” Archbishop Gomez said in a Nov. 7 statement issued after news media projected on Saturday that the 77-year-old had won enough electoral votes to defeat incumbent President Donald Trump.

Writing on behalf of the nation’s Catholic bishops, Archbishop Gomez recognized that Biden has “received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States” while acknowledging that “he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith.”

“We thank God for the blessings of liberty. The American people have spoken in this election,” Archbishop Gomez said.

“As Catholics and Americans, our priorities and mission are clear,” he said. “We are here to follow Jesus Christ, to bear witness to his love in our lives, and to build his kingdom on earth.”

Archbishop Gomez said he believes “at this moment in American history, Catholics have a special duty to be peacemakers, to promote fraternity and mutual trust, and to pray for a renewed spirit of true patriotism in our country.”

“Democracy requires that all of us conduct ourselves as people of virtue and self-discipline,” he added. “It requires that we respect the free expression of opinions and that we treat one another with charity and civility, even as we might disagree deeply in our debates on matters of law and public policy….”

The above comes from a Nov. 7 story on Angelus News.