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USCCB, CRS to offer webcast on effective political advocacy

Catholic World News - August 02, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services are offering a free webcast on August 7 entitled “Your Voice Makes a Difference: Tips & Tools for Effective Advocacy.”

“Congress will be on recess from August 5 through September 6, 2013, which makes it the perfect time to raise your voice on behalf of our brothers and sisters who live in poverty,” the webcast announcement states. “Increase your impact this August by meeting with your Representative and Senators during the recess.”

Webcast participants will have the opportunity to “ask questions and engage in dialogue with experts on the issues,” according to the announcement.

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  • Posted by: bruno - Aug. 06, 2013 10:22 PM ET USA

    I think avarice and greed are a greater risk to our souls than accidentally giving something to someone who doesn't need it. That being said, I wish we could deal with poverty better at a local level...without the heavy hand of the federal government on our shoulders. Perhaps we can still learn something from the bishops, even if we apply it in a manner that suits our conscience? Lobbying shouldn't be the exclusive province of the corporation or PAC, after all.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Aug. 05, 2013 1:43 AM ET USA

    This is not the sound that Catholic voices should be raising at least not if it means more government robbing Peter to support Paul. This not the best way to help the "poor". Jesus did not tell the blind, the lame, and or the sinful to continue their previous avocations or occupations. He asked tem to follow him in preaching the word, sin no more, and I assume go back to work.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 02, 2013 5:59 PM ET USA

    I don't recall Jesus ever lobbying the Sanhedrin or Caesar to help the poor. Perhaps CRS and USCCB can tell me where to find lobbying in the Scriptures. The Church teaches that our lives should be an "Imitation of Christ". But, for the USCCB that's apparently a matter of "do as I say and not as I do"!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 02, 2013 4:22 PM ET USA

    Cf. the posting about 8 hours later than this one, headlined "Leading Madagascar Prelates...."

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 02, 2013 10:24 AM ET USA

    Ironic, isn't it? The USCCB continues to support CRS and wants everyone to try to influence their legislators to support their efforts through "Your Voice Makes a Difference." Funny thing is, the USCCB doesn't seem to listen to the laity because the "Catholic" politicians still ignore, with impunity, Church teachings on a variety of topics and they continue to ignore CRS' support of birth control. Hello USCCB, is anyone at home?

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