“The work for justice requires that the mind and the heart of Catholics be educated and formed to know and practice the whole faith.” [USCCB, Faithful Citizenship]
As a Catholic, are you concerned about legislation around issues like abortion, health care, immigrant’s rights, poverty alleviation, stem cell research and support for low-wage working families?
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The issues our communities, country, and world are currently facing are certainly political and societal, but many of them also have moral components that call us to respond from a place of faith. According to the USCCB document, “Faithful Citizenship”:
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How can we do this?
- Join the email advocacy network of the Virginia Catholic Conference and get updates and action alerts on relevant legislative issues at the state level. Go to www.vacatholic.org and follow the link to input your email address.
- Join the email advocacy network of NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby. This is set up very similarly to the Virginia Catholic Conference, with updates and action alerts, but at the national level. Visit www.networklobby.org and click on “Join our email list.”
- Read documents/literature/articles; engage in discussions with those around you; inform yourself about what is happening and what stance the Catholic church encourages you to take. Helpful links include the United States Conference of Catholic (www.usccb.org) and the Faithful Citizenship ministry of the USCCB (www.faithfulcitizenship.org).
- Vote. Your voice matters! Catholic teaching has consistently held that “it is the duty of citizens to contribute…to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom…[and to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2239).
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Incarnation’s Legislative Advocacy Group is part of the local Charlottesville Catholic Coalition (which also includes St. Thomas Aquinas, Casa Alma Catholic Worker, and Charlottesville Catholic School) and empowers parishioners to engage in advocacy regarding the Catholic Principles of Social Teaching through contacts with state and federal lawmakers, the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC), and other local organizations.
Contact Mike Brinkac (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Coordinator of Justice & Charity in the office (email@example.com) for more information.
Incarnation’s Catholic Advocacy Day crew for 2013