We must work together
Faithful Catholics across America are hearing our message and joining with us in an effort to hold our elected officials accountable. More importantly, citizens of all faiths are rising up in outrage over what is happening to people at companies like Hobby Lobby, whose devout owners are suing the federal government to avoid being forced to purchase health insurance policies that violate Church teachings.
Americans are waking up to the dangers of a federal government that assaults our religious liberty and imposes suffocating burdens on charities…a government that in many ways is seeking to replace the Church and all other forms of local civic society as the sole provider of services for the needy.
In 2014, Catholic Advocate will launch a three-stage program aimed at reversing this drift towards secular socialism.
PHASE ONE – Catholic Advocate plans to commission a study examining federal, state, and local regulations and laws that affect Catholic social institutions. For example, did you know that in some communities, food banks and soup kitchens have been forced to shut down or suspend services due to absurd regulations? In one area, a particular church was not allowed to donate food to a shelter serving our most vulnerable citizens.
The collective result of thousands of examples like this is the creation of an “uncivil society,” in which government bureaucrats seize a “monopoly” on helping people. Pope Francis has been speaking recently about serving the needy, and this initiative will be an answer to his call. If government agencies are using force to prevent the Church from helping the poor, you and I must stand up and do something about it.
PHASE TWO – After cataloguing the ways in which governments at all levels are stifling Catholic social services, we will develop recommendations to fix the problems, and an implementation plan at the Parish, Diocesan, city, state, and federal levels.
PHASE THREE – We intend to launch a “call to renewal” to help our fellow man at least once per year and provide resources for our community to learn how they can use God’s gifts to help others. This will be a powerful, visible demonstration of how people in their communities – not agents of a government in a distant capital – are the ones making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.