As citizens in the most powerful democracy on earth, we have unique opportunities to use our voices and votes to shape a more caring community, a more just nation, and a more peaceful world. We can join with others in our parishes, local community organizations, and legislative networks. We can also join with parishes and dioceses in other parts of the world and in ecumenical and other forms of action and advocacy our faith calls us to engagement, not retreatto renew the earth, not flee the world.
A Place at the TableAs individuals, Catholics are called to ongoing participation in public life, to vote and to help shape public policies that reflect their values. Parishes and other church organizations also participate in public life by applying Catholic social teaching to key issues facing our communities, our nation, and our world, and by speaking out on the moral and ethical dimensions of these issues. Church statements on public policy issues can help individuals form their own consciences and make decisions about the positions they will take.
Advocacy Resources from Catholic Organizations