Catholic social workers engage in social and political action in order to: protect the inherent worth and dignity of all human life, support the poor and defenseless, advocate against injustice and discrimination, and expand opportunity to empower individuals, families and groups. We work to apply Catholic social teaching to the promotion and development of public policy and support the advancement of federal legislation that serves the common good.
Pro-Life: Catholic social workers stand firm in supporting policies and legislation that protect and respect human life, with special concern for those who are unborn, disabled, elderly, disadvantaged or terminally ill. We support the conscience rights for individuals and organizations with moral and religious objections to abortion and other practices that demean human life and the dignity of procreation.
"The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things."*
Justice, Peace and Human Development: Catholic social workers stand firm in solidarity with the poor and defenseless. We support policies and legislation that assists with the empowerment of poor and vulnerable communities. Promote policies that enhance human development and human rights. To support the advancement for global peace and work to take care of our common home.
"A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. The primary purpose of the commitment to the poor is to enable them to become active participants in the life of society. "*
Religious Liberty: Catholic social workers stand firm in supporting policies and legislation that impact religious liberty of both individuals and institutions. We support legislation that prevents government intrusion into religious doctrine, worship, governance or practice; in addition to legislation that facilitates appropriate collaborations between public and religious entities.
"There is a rich history of religious freedom in the United States. Even before being enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, religious freedom played a part in the founding of the United States. The right of every person to live according to the dictates of his own conscience has been considered fundamental from the beginning of our country. The right of religious freedom is not only the right to worship in a set-apart church space, but also the right to speak and act publicly in accordance with religious beliefs."**
Marriage and Family: Catholic social workers stand firm in supporting policies and legislation that promotes marriage which is, and can only be, a faithful exclusive, lifelong union of one man and one woman. We oppose efforts to make any other personal relationship the equivalent of marriage in law, regulation, or any other public policy. The family is the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children.
"Marriage is natural; it arises from who man and woman are, and how children come to be. Through Scripture, we know that marriage is both a created natural reality and a supernatural one. It was ordained by God in creation, to give Adam a true partner in love and for the couple to “be fruitful and multiply”(Gn 1:28).**
Immigration and Migration: Catholic social workers stand firm in supporting policies and legislation that would make comprehensive reforms in the nation's immigration laws. Support legislation to ensure that immigrants are welcome as if they are part of our families.
"The first duty is to welcome the foreigner out of charity and respect for the human person. Persons have the right to immigrate and thus government must accommodate this right to the greatest extent possible, especially financially blessed nations: "The second duty is to secure one’s border and enforce the law for the sake of the common good. Sovereign nations have the right to enforce their laws and all persons must respect the legitimate exercise of this right: "*
Source: *United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) **( USCCB:Made for Freedom Document)