GMD 125: Catholics In Public Policy

You can check on the US bishops’ goal number three here. Today’s objective hopes to “involve every Catholic, on different levels, in areas of public policy.”

Two of the given strategies focus on “education.” One suggests parish social justice education and the other involves political engagement.

Registering voters is certainly a virtue, as is the suggestion to encourage Catholics to seek public office. One missing piece is volunteer involvement in the local political process. One need not be an elected official to serve and express one’s Gospel values in the public sphere.

I’m convinced the small group setting deserves an emphasis in parish ministry. Under this objective of public engagement, the bishops recommend “support groups for professional Catholics and other Christians, particularly in areas of law, economics, and social services.” Not only are such groups important for professionals within their fields, but these topics are also wholly valid for existing parish small groups as “modules” to support other formation efforts.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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