Catholics in the Public Square
Speak up. Participating in the Public Square has never been easier.
Contacting your legislators at both the state and national levels to express your opinions about proposed legislation or to register concern over a particular issue is as simple as sending a text, writing an email or leaving a voicemail. Don’t know who your legislators are?
Forming Your Conscience for Voting
Participation in the public square has never been easier, but it could be argued that making informed voting decisions has become more difficult than ever, especially for Catholics. Neither of the major political parties have platforms that align perfectly with Catholic moral teaching, and the rancorous atmosphere on social media and in the news can make deciding how to vote an emotional and confusing experience. The USCCB has a helpful document, called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, to help Catholics sort through the important issues and make the best decision possible.
Join the Diocesan Legislative Alert Group
From time to time there are topics of particular concern to Catholics, about which you may want to be informed so that you can, in turn, communicate your concerns to your legislators. The “Diocesan Phone Tree” was established some 20 years ago as an alert system to enable the rapid dissemination of urgent information, usually related to pending legislation. At one time, there were more than 1,500 participants who signed up to receive calls, take action and share the information with others.
Over the years the system has shifted from one that is telephone-based to one that uses email, social media and text messages to communicate. Usually alerts include a brief outline of an issue and a specific request for action to contact either state or national legislators to express an opinion.
Join the “Diocesan Legislative Alert Group” by emailing your name, parish and phone number (home/cell) to [email protected].