“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?
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”:
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 Virginia Interfaith Center For Public Policy, a group that advocates economic and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer, and action. To learn more about their mission, visit www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org
- Join the USCCB’s Advocacy Alert system to find out what we need to push for at the national level. You can pick which issues you’d like updates on at their website. Check out www.votervoice.net/USCCB/home to sign up!
- Join the email advocacy network of NETWORK, a 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).
Incarnation parishioners advocating at the Richmond General Assembly in January 2020
Email our Coordinator of Justice & Charity or call the office for more information.