For Catholic political responsibility, advocacy is one invaluable instrument in our hands. “Advocacy offers us an opportunity to bring the realities of our sisters and brothers facing injustice throughout the world to those who hold positions of power in our government.”

Advocacy takes many forms: public education through social and other media; individual meetings and other communications with elected officials or their staffs; mobilization of Catholic organization members; testimony before public bodies; publication of research; consultation with state and local officials; comments on proposed local, state, or federal regulations; and participation in coalitions.

In all Catholic advocacy efforts, there should be a close connection between what we do for people in need on the services side (e.g. Catholic charities, health care, schools, housing) and what we want to accomplish as advocates...

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