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OUR PROGRAMS CATHOLIC LEADERS MISSION CATHOLIC ACTION CAMPAIGN FORUM FOR INTEGRAL HUMAN ECOLOGY
This program will... Train Catholics to successfully put their name forward for public office with hard political and campaigning skills, and formation in Catholic social teaching. Increase Catholic voter turnout; deep knowledge of party platforms + Catholic social teaching through a non-partisan get-out-the-vote program in the Catholic community. Gather diverse groups, advocates, experts, leaders, lay activists, and interested Catholic volunteers to discuss and generate ideas on tackling key social challenges from a Catholic perspective.
Resulting in... MORE COMMON GOOD CATHOLIC POLITICAL LEADERS MORE INFORMED, COMMON GOOD CATHOLIC VOTERS MORE POLICY IDEAS FOR THE COMMON GOOD
Supporting our mission to form… Common Good Catholics serving Canadians. Common Good Catholics leading Canadian communities.

At Catholic Conscience, our programs are aimed at inspiring, forming, and sending Common Good Catholics to serve Canadians and lead Canadian communities, rooted in Catholic social teaching. Learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

CATHOLIC LEADERS MISSION

“Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, in as much as it seeks the common good,” Pope Francis once said. In the spirit of helping Catholics pursue a vocation in politics—inspired by a spirit of service to Canadians and the common good—our Catholic Leaders Mission program trains Catholic aspirants for office in the skills needed to succeed, and formation in Catholic social teaching.

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CATHOLIC ACTION CAMPAIGN

The Catholic community is Canada’s largest religious community. Collectively, our votes make an enormous impact on the outcome of federal and provincial elections. As Catholics we are called to prayerfully and thoughtfully discern our vote, think about our political moral framework through the lens of Catholic social teaching—and get out to vote with our family and friends!

Our Catholic Action campaign is a non-partisan, get-out-the-vote campaign aimed at educating Catholic voters about Catholic social teaching and how they relate to relevant federal political issues; and mobilizing the Catholic community to go out and vote. Our first Catholic Action campaign was for the 2019 federal election, an unprecedented effort that reached thousands of Catholic voters in the GTA. It included our popular Conscience Cards, one-page briefs on themes of Catholic social teaching and its relation to relevant election issues. We aim to produce a Catholic Action campaign for every federal and provincial election.

2019 Federal Election: Our Catholic Action Campaign

2019 Federal Election: Our Conscience Cards

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FORUM FOR INTEGRAL HUMAN ECOLOGY

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis articulates a Catholic vision for our cultures and economies to be directed towards building an integral human ecology. America magazine describes it like this:

Pope Francis says humanity faces not just a number of different crises isolated from one another, but one complex crisis that manifests itself in so many different ways: the indifference and harm being done to the environment is not only about polluted land, water and air, but includes dangerous attitudes toward other human beings as well as economic practices that hurt people and the land and resources they depend on. That one complex crisis stems from a defective anthropology that does not recognize and respect the full dignity of others, who are all part of one human family. Such a vision, blinded by greed or self-centeredness, leads to many forms of exclusion, exploitation and serious offenses against human rights and the environment. The solution, Pope Francis said, is an integral ecology that challenges all people to broaden their focus of concern and their daily behavior to include sustainable environmental ecology; protection of all human life; concrete acts of solidarity with the poor; ethical conduct in economic affairs; greater attention to urban planning to facilitate social relationships and give all people some contact with nature; and protection of people's cultural heritage in an era when media saturation tends to erase distinctions.

An economics and culture aimed at an integral human ecology would uplift people for their full and authentic growth, not just in their material needs but their spiritual, vocational, familial, and cultural needs as well. The environment is an essential part of such an ecology. Responding to Pope Francis’ call to bring together different perspectives, groups, sectors of the economy, and institutions to build an integral human ecology, our Forum for Integral Human Ecology is aimed at generating ideas for promoting full and authentic human development in the Canadian context.

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