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We are an independent, non-partisan organization devoted to the formation of all Catholics, and others of good will, for full civic participation in accordance with the social teachings of the Catholic Church. We want to bring Gospel values to the center of public discourse.

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Catholics believe that each of us has an obligation to participate in civic life.  Each of us is called to assess our individual strengths, abilities, and passions, so that we might apply them, in the name of the God who entrusted them to us, to benefit not just ourselves, but all of those around us. Check here for opportunities.

Catholic Civics & Formation

Through its social teachings, the Church has provided guidance for the building of just societies in a very wide variety of forms.  Forms of governance, economic structures, international relations, and mechanisms for empowering each individual to have a voice and to seek truth in their own way are all addressed, so that whatever the global and contemporary context, we are not left to grope or wander in the dark.

What’s Happening: the 2019 Federal Elections

The 2019 Federal Election will take place on or before October 21st.  Catholic Conscience is assembling a full comparison of each of the parties’ platforms to specific Catholic Social Teachings.   We will use the full comparison to develop a set of summaries of prominent issues.

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Pope calls faithful to pray, participate actively in politics (CNA)

“A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern... Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good,” he explained. “I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!”

Source: Catholic News Agency - August 10, 2019
Full article at: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-calls-faithful-to-pray-participate-actively-in-politics?fbclid=IwAR1l6ombzGXIn5q44IzxxcOwiea91NVBvEiymWrTytv-6eBQ1OUEhnxow9k

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The benefits of fighting climate change

CARE FOR CREATION. Last month Pope Francis warned a Vatican summit on climate change that time is running out, and decisive action is needed on climate change. Climate change, he warned, "threatens the very future of the human family." The linked CBC news item points out that aside from ensuring that future generations have a place to call home, acting now on climate change might bring even more benefits.

Source: CBC News - July 10, 2019
Full article at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-mitigation-co-benefits-1.5205552

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Ford government cutting $1B from social services over 3 years

LIFE & DIGNITY, SUBSIDIARITY, STEWARDSHIP. Cuts to social services can affect many people in many ways that may not be immediately apparent. One the one hand, it can be good to know that the use of public resources in being monitored. On the other hand, what happens to services that are cut? Are opportunities being given to other providers, such as charities and NGOs, or are people being left out in the cold? And questions remain: what happens to the money saved? Is it being reinvested in other services, returned to taxpayers, or used to reduce deficits?

Source: Global News - April 12, 2019
Full article at: https://globalnews.ca/news/5161588/ford-government-cutting-1-billion-social-services/

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Globe editorial questions whether Ontario's economic platforms are good for workers

Provincial economic platforms, including jobs programs and income supplements touch on Catholic Social Teachings relating to the common good, the dignity of work, solidarity, good stewardship, and the universal destination of goods. All jurisdictions must be competitive on wages in order to attract business. However, they also need to attract and keep low-wage workers by treating them fairly and not exploiting their economic vulnerability. Some question whether the Ford government has fairly considered both sides of the question.

Source: Globe and Mail - October 24, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-globe-editorial-ontario-is-open-for-business-but-on-the-back-of/

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