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Catholic Social Teaching

"In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, ‘It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good.’"

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, USCCB, 2007

"What if we made it our new year’s resolution to write a politician once a month and insist that theyvote to end abortion and euthanasia and protect life at all ages and stages every time it comes up for a vote, and not just when it’s politically convenient?  What if we wrote also asking for an end to the death penalty in a nation that should be able to do a better job of protecting its citizens without using that horrible option?  What if we insisted in our letters that they defend the poor every time they have the occasion to do so, knowing that our God loves the poor in a special way?  What if we wrote and told them that care for God’s creation isn’t just a political fad, but a commandment of our God? What would happen if we would all write a letter to one elected official just once a month, asking them to vote as the Church teaches, and promising to pray for them in their work?"

Fr. Pat Mulcahy, Election Day Vesper Service homily, 2008

Catholic Social Teaching provides the ethical criteria for advocacy actions and calls us to foster its core values to create a just world. Our US Catholic Bishops have identified 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching which are found in Scripture, Papal letters, encyclicals and Council documents. These provide us with a means of reflection, of criteria for judgment – they give us guidelines for action.

Catholic Social Teaching instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. We are called to correct the injustices that cause poverty, hunger, homelessness, apathy, racism and other problems in our society.

Letters may be written at any time of the year on any issue you would like to bring before your elected officials. You may also visit or telephone these officials.