CSWNA seeks to apply Catholic principles to public policy issues. 


  • Policies to protect human life, including the protection for the unborn and efforts to end abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. 
  • Our role, as Catholic social workers, is to advocate for public policies that endorse a culture of life, encourage childbirth and adoption over abortion.
  • We support medical research that respects human life, and oppose human cloning or research experimentation on human embryos
  • Public policies will need to protect the terminally ill by recognizing the need for compassionate palliative and hospice care. 
  • Public policies must protect the most vulnerable, the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged in our communities. 
  • Access to effective counsel and address unfairness and injustice related to the use of the death penalty. 

Justice, Peace and Human Development:

  • All social and economic policies should protect the human person, children and families.
  • Promote policies that create jobs with decent working conditions and just wages.
  • We will advocate for stronger welfare policy to reduce poverty, strengthen family life, and assist families in breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • As we work to take care of our common home, we will support environmental policies that protect the poor, promote children's health, and promote sustainable environment development.

Current issues on Health Care Reform:  http://usccb.org/news/2016/17-050.cfm

Marriage and Family:

  • Catholic social workers advocate for public policies to respect, strengthen and protect the role, and responsibilities of fathers and mothers to care for their children.
  • We will promote the teachings of the Church, while advocating to defend and strengthen public policies that state marriage is a  lifelong exclusive commitment between a man and a woman.
  • Public policies should recognize the family as the first and fundamental unit of society and a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children.  The family should be defended and strengthened, not redefined or undermined by permitting same-sex unions or other distortions of marriage.

Immigration and Migration:

  • To encourage and promote comprehensive immigration reform, fix a broken immigration system. 
  • Advocate for a fair legalization program with a path to citizenship.
  • Support family reunification policies, access to legal protections and support policies that address the root causes of migration.

Religious Freedom:

  • We advocate for policies to protect religious liberty here at home and abroad.
  • Religious freedom is our first right that is rooted in the dignity of the human person. 
  • Public policies will need to protect religious freedom in our laws and culture.
  • The threat to remove tax exempt status of the Church is being called into question by the highest levels of government. The responsibility will be to ensure these protections do not weaken. 

Gender Theory/Ideology:

  • Catholic social workers will only support policies  that follow the teachings of the Catholic Church on Gender Theory/Ideology.  Catechism of the Catholic Church:  (No. 2393) “By creating the human being man and woman, God gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other. Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.”  
  • Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (No. 224) Faced with theories that consider gender identity as merely the cultural and social product of the interaction between the community and the individual, independent of personal sexual identity without any reference to the true meaning of sexuality, the Church does not tire of repeating her teaching: ‘Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral and spiritual difference and complementarities are oriented towards the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life.
  • According to this perspective, it is obligatory that positive law be conformed to the natural law, according to which sexual identity is indispensable because it is the objective condition for forming a couple in marriage.” *



 Source:  *United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)