FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Catholic Advocacy Day to explore intersection of faith and politics

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 8, 2013) – Responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

To promote that virtue and assist Oklahomans in the fulfillment of that moral obligation, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will sponsor “Catholics Living Justice Day” from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Governor’s Blue Room on the second floor of the State Capitol building.

“This advocacy day gives Catholics across the state the opportunity to discuss together the intersection of our Catholic faith with matters pending in the public square,” said Becky VanPool, director of parish outreach and program development at Catholic Charities.

“Through our various pastoral statements, the Catholic bishops of the United States through the years have repeatedly reaffirmed the Church’s role in public life,” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley wrote last fall in a series of columns called “Our Moral Duties as Catholic Citizens."

“We have emphasized our responsibility to participate in shaping the moral and ethical character of the society in which we live,” he continued. “We do not do this in a partisan manner. In fact, Catholics may often feel politically disenfranchised since no political party, and few candidates, fully share our comprehensive commitment to the full range of authentic human goods.”

The event will begin with a breakfast provided by Catholic Charities at 8:15 a.m. Participants may invite their legislators to join them for breakfast. (Attendees may find the names and contact information for their state senator and representative at http://www.oklegislature.gov/). The event will also include an address from Archbishop Coakley and a workshop featuring Richard Klinge of Catholic Charities and Deacon Jim Smith of Christ the King Parish. During the workshop, Klinge will discuss current legislation and policy issues and share best practices for meeting with legislators. Smith will facilitate a panel of politically active Catholics. The registration deadline is April 12. To register, call Becky VanPool at (405) 523-3003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

###

Media Contact:

Becky VanPool, Director of Parish Outreach and Program Development
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City                                                                                 
(405) 523-3003
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To download the .PDF of this press release, please click here.