Catholics at the Capitol – February 19th
The Minnesota Catholic Conference, together with the six dioceses, will host a gathering of potentially 2,000+ Minnesota Catholics on February 19, 2019 for a day of prayer, inspiration, education, and advocacy. The program at the River Centre in St. Paul will include presentations by actor Jim Caviezel, Archbishop Charles Chaput and Gloria Purvis, along with music from Danielle Rose.
The event is intended teach practical ways for Catholics to live out their faith in public life, learn about issues impacting life and human dignity, and how to begin building relationships with elected officials in order to advocate for the common good. The day will include time to meet with legislators at the Capitol and the opportunity to pray the Rosary in the Rotunda.
Inspired by the damaging realities of polarization and partisanship, the bishops affirm that the world needs the Church more than ever to renew public life by building bridges of friendship, especially with lawmakers. Pope Francis has said, “a good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself so that those who govern can govern.” The MCC created Catholics at the Capitol to help Catholics learn how “meddling” in politics can be an exercise of their faith and to provide an opportunity for Catholics from across the state to build relationships with their representatives and with one another.
The MCC’s legislative priorities for the 2018-19 session include (but are not limited to): preventing the legalization of assisted suicide (consistent with the CHA-MN), boosting assistance for families in poverty, and expanding school choice for parents. Although a number of issues impact life and human dignity in our state, the advocacy focus at Catholics at the Capitol will likely focus on these matters with an understanding that the legislative dynamics are such to make serious gains in the right direction on each of these issues right now.