“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation. All believers are called to faithful citizenship, to become informed, active, and responsible participants in the political process.”
- From a statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility
News & Alerts
- Religious Freedom Week (USCCB)
- Bishop Jaime Soto applauds U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding free speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers
- Bishop Jaime Soto issues statement about immigrant families on the border
Catholic Legislative Network
Register for the Catholic Legislative Network today. Together, our voices will be heard. Join with tens of thousands of our Catholics from across the Diocese of Sacramento and across the state.
- Receive our free weekly e-newsletter, Public Policy Insights - you will be up to date on the key public policy issues happening in California.
- You will receive periodic Action Alerts which make it easy for you to voice your opinion on crucial issues. In less than a minute your letter will be sent to your elected representative!
- You can use the network at any time to easily send e-mails to your elected representatives.
- Your contact information will not be sold or given to any other entity.
Catholic Advocacy Day
Catholic Advocacy Day is an annual statewide event hosted by the California Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic Church in California’s public policy arena, representing the state’s Bishops on legislation and social issues.
The specific issues designated for lobbying on Catholic Advocacy Day are determined by the staff of the California Catholic Conference and based upon the Church’s fundamental teaching regarding the dignity of the human person. Specific legislative bills are selected based on the current legislative calendar and, generally, fall into such issue categories as respect for life, immigration, health care, food security, etc.
If you or your Parish are interested in participating in Catholic Advocacy Day, contact the Diocese of Sacramento's Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns at 916-733-0253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are useful brochures published by the California Catholic Conference:
- Guidelines for Pastors and Parishes on Advocacy, Lobbying and Political Action
This brochure helps clarify what is acceptable activity for individuals, church leaders, parishes, and other church organizations.
- How To Lobby
This brochure contains useful information for letting your legislator know what you think through a constituent visit and through phone calls and writing letters. Also includes a summary of the process for how a bill becomes a law.
- Guidelines for Candidates’ Forums
This brochure includes specific guidelines for hosting or sponsoring a political forum. See the USCCB Guidelines for more detail.