Catholic Lobby Day
Catholic Lobby Day is an annual statewide event hosted by the California Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic Church in California’s public policy arena, representing the state’s Bishops on legislation and social issues.
The specific issues designated for lobbying on Catholic Lobby Day are determined by the staff of the California Catholic Conference and based upon the Church’s fundamental teaching regarding the dignity of the human person. Specific legislative bills are selected based on the current legislative calendar and, generally, fall into such issue categories as respect for life, immigration, health care, food security, etc.
If you or your Parish are interested in participating in Catholic Advocacy Day, contact the Diocese of Sacramento's Department for Social Ministries at 916-733-0253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From a statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility:
“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation. All believers are called to faithful citizenship, to become informed, active, and responsible participants in the political process. As we have said, ‘We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate more fully in building the culture of life. Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power.’ Even those who are not citizens are called to participate in the debates which shape our common life.”
The following are useful brochures published by the California Catholic Conference:
Guidelines for Pastors and Parishes on Advocacy, Lobbying and Political Action
This brochure helps clarify what is acceptable activity for individuals, church leaders, parishes, and other church organizations.
This brochure contains useful information for letting your legislator know what you think through a constituent visit and through phone calls and writing letters. Also includes a summary of the process for how a bill becomes a law.
for Candidates’ Forums
This brochure includes specific guidelines for hosting or sponsoring a political forum.
Links to national organizations with advocacy efforts:
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
California Catholic Conference
Catholic Charities USA
USCCB – Social Development and World Peace
PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing)
Bread for the World
Pax Christi USA
NETWORK – A Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Jericho for Justice
USCCB – Pro-Life Activities
Justice for Immigrants Campaign
Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the U.S.
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