Advocacy at St. Francis
“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” – Pope Francis
- addressing root causes of social problems in our world?
- helping political policies better reflect our Catholic values?
- the work of social justice, advocacy, and community organizing
- moving the needle of systemic wrongs and not just doing charity
- building the Kingdom of God here on earth
- making a real difference in people’s lives?
These words echo our founding Franciscan pastor, Fr. David McBriar, OFM, who always asked us, “What does the city need, and how can we help?”
We align all our advocacy work with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, particularly the Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development and the Committees on Racism, Domestic Justice and Human Development, Pro Life Activities, International Justice and Peace, and Migration. The Catholic Church also provides formation and guidance for advocacy through Justice for Immigrants, Catholic Climate Covenant, Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. There are also a variety of Vatican Pontifical Councils dedicated to the work of advocacy related to integral human development, justice and peace, migration, health care, and family life.
This work is at the core of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in our world.
Finally, the US Bishops have also written a powerful teaching document to the Catholic faithful on our political responsibilities called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español). This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.
We encourage all Catholics to sign-up for the Advocacy Alerts from our US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This is a wonderful way to keep up-to-date on how we might advocate to our legislators on behalf of our Catholic values.