Friday, May 1, 2009

Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community, and Participation

"The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society in economics and politics, in law and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable."

-- from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

I had a chance to put this Catholic teaching into practice by participating in California's Catholic Lobby Day this past Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Sacramento. Catholics from across California learned about the issues, celebrated Mass (with 7 bishops!), processed to the State Capitol building, held a rally, and then broke into small groups to meet with the individual legislators (or their chiefs of staff) and explain our viewpoint as derived from Catholic morality. Learn more at the website of the California Catholic Conference (the organization of all California bishops that performs legislative advocacy):

Every state has a Catholic Conference. To find yours, go the the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and find your diocese and bishop; the bishop's office will know:

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