• WSCC 2017 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin #22

    Help WSCC Increase Our Impact in 2018
    You can help our Bishops and the WSCC be more effective in influencing legislation during the 2018 legislative session by encouraging others to join the Catholic Advocacy Network. Invite family, friends, and fellow parishioners to join the Network by sending them the following link: http://www.thewscc.org. After they sign up, they will receive WSCC Bulletins and action alerts.

    Capital Budget Update
    State legislators still have not passed the 2017-2019 capital budget. The budget includes $106.3 million for the Housing Trust Fund. Some of this money is needed to help launch seven new permanent supportive housing projects in Washington State that will be operated by the Catholic Charities agencies of the three dioceses. Funds for expansion of mental health facilities are also included in the capital budget.

    Take Action - Please contact your State Representatives and Senators and encourage them to pass the capital budget. Call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Since the Legislature is not in session, the Hotline is open from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Upcoming Events: Mass and March for Life - Catholic Advocacy Day

    The Archdiocese of Seattle is organizing the annual Mass for Life at Saint Martin's University on Monday, January 22 - to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. The Mass begins at 9:30 am. It is followed by the March for Life at noon on the steps of the State Capitol Building. Since we expect an abortion insurance mandate bill to be introduced in the 2018 session, WSCC is urging Catholics participating in the March for Life to visit the offices of your legislators while you are in Olympia on Jan. 22. There will also be a Mass for Life and March for Life in Spokane on Saturday, January 20.

    Registration is now open for Catholic Advocacy Day, Wednesday, February 21. Following a legislative briefing, Archbishop Sartain will celebrate Mass before participants head to the Capitol to meet with legislators.

    Migrants and Refugees Focus of Pope's World Day of Peace Message
    In the 51st papal message devoted to the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis called on Catholics to be more welcoming and protecting of "asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking." The Holy Father continued, "In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands."

    The Pope warned that "Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being. All indicators available to the international community suggest that global migration will continue for the future. Some consider this a threat. For my part, I ask you to view it with confidence as an opportunity to build peace."

    Pope Francis highlighted two Global Compacts, one for safe, orderly and regular migration and the other for refugees, that are being considered under the auspices of the United Nations. The Holy Father hopes that the two compacts will be "inspired by compassion, foresight and courage, so as to take advantage of every opportunity to advance the peace-building process." [Earlier this month, the United States announced that it will no longer participate in the talks negotiating the Global Compact on Migration.] Click here to access the Pope's message in its entirety.

    The USCCB office of Justice, Peace and Human Development recently released some resources related to the Pope's World Day of Peace message. Use this two-page handout (also en Espaņol) to help Catholics reflect on this important issue.

    New USCCB Video on the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
    The 7th and final video in the Catholic Social Teaching (CST) 101 video series, the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, is now available. The seven videos correspond to seven key principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The video series is a joint collaboration of the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services. All seven videos, plus CST101 discussion guides, handouts, and posters are on the Catholic Social Teaching 101 page of WeAreSaltAndLight.org.

    WSCC Communications Change
    As we work to make our communications more effective heading into the busy legislative session beginning on January 8, we will be ending publication of the Cornerstone Notes. However, we will be incorporating the Cornerstone content into the regular Advocacy Bulletin.

    WSCC has put together a short video on the 2017 Cornerstone Catholic Conference which you can access by clicking here. Planning has already begun for the next Cornerstone Conference.

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