Catholics Are Called To Be Politically Active

“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”
– Pope Francis, 9/16/13

Below is a memo from Lisa Aquino regarding budget challenges several of our Catholic Social Service Agency programs will be facing under the Governors FY2020 budget, beginning July 1. The decisions on what programs will be funded, and at what level, will be decided by the legislative branch. Please consider reaching out to your elected official in support of programs that protect the most vulnerable in our midst.

Catholic Social Services Needs Support in Wake of State Budget Crisis by Lisa DH Aquino (PDF)

Below are select excerpts from Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm This book, originally written in 2007, has been updated over the years to be a guide to remind all of us of our duty to inform our conscience and then support candidates and issues that promote the common good at the local, state and federal level.

12. The Catholic community brings important assets to the political dialogue about our nation’s future. We bring a consistent moral framework-drawn from the basic human reason that is illuminated by Scripture and the teaching of the Church-for assessing issues, political platforms, and campaigns. We also bring broad experience in serving those in need-educating the young, serving families in crisis, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless, helping women who face difficult pregnancies, feeding the hungry, welcoming immigrants and refugees, reaching out in global solidarity, and pursuing peace. We celebrate, with all our neighbors, the historically robust commitment to religious freedom in this country that has allowed the Church the freedom to serve the common good.

13. In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. “People in every nation enhance the social dimension of their lives by acting as committed and responsible citizens” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 220). The obligation to participate in political life is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person… As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” (nos. 1913-1915).

Who Represents Me? How Do I Reach Them?
If you don’t know who represents you in the Alaska State Senate or the Alaska House of
Representatives, this link will help you find out: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

Once you have identified your two legislators, one Senator, and one House member, you can either email or call them.

To e-mail your Senator, the address is Sen.FirstName.LastName@akleg.gov
Example: Sen.Tom.Begich@akleg.gov

To reach out to your House member, their email follows the same format:
Rep.FirstName.LastName@akleg.gov

Example: Rep.Ben.Carpenter@akleg.gov

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Carpenter, Ben ………. 800-469-3779
Claman, Matt ………… 888-465-4919
Drummond, Harriet ……. 800-922-3875
Eastman, David ………. 800-468-2186
Edgmon, Bryce ……….. 800-898-4451
Fields, Zack ………… 888-465-2647
Foster, Neal ………… 800-478-3789
Hannan, Sara ………… 866-465-4766
Hopkins, Grier ………. 800-928-4457
Jackson, Sharon ……… 877-465-3783
Johnson, DeLena ……… 866-465-4958
Johnston, Jennifer …… 800-478-4950
Josephson, Andy ……… 800-465-4939
Knopp, Gary …………. 800-463-2693
Kopp, Chuck …………. 866-465-4993
Tomkins, Jonathan ……. 888-461-3732
LeBon, Bart …………. 877-665-3709
LeDoux, Gabrielle ……. 800-689-4998
Lincoln, Joh…………. 888-288-3473
Merrick, Kelly ………. 800-861-5688
Neuman, Mark ………… 800-505-2678
Ortiz, Dan ………….. 800-686-3824
Pruitt, Lance ……….. 888-478-3438
Rasmussen, Sara ……… 866-465-3892
Rauscher, George …….. 888-465-4859
Revak, Josh …………. 888-269-3879
Shaw, Laddie ………… 866-465-4945
Spohnholz, Ivy ………. 866-465-4940
Story, Andi …………. 800-968-6744
Stutes, Louise ………. 800-865-2487
Sullivan-Leonard, Colleen 800-782-4833

HOUSE CONTINUED
Talerico, David………. 800-491-4527
Tarr, Geran …………. 800-303-2455
Thompson, Steve ……… 866-465-3004
Tilton, Cathy ……….. 800-342-2199
Tuck, Chris …………. 866-465-2095
Vance, Sarah ………… 800-665-2689
Wilson, Tammie ………. 800-860-4797
Wool, Adam ………….. 866-465-4976
Zulkosky, Tiffany ……. 800-323-4942

SENATE PHONE NUMBERS
Begich, Tom …………. 888-330-3704
Birch, Chris ………… 800-870-4931
Bishop, Click ……….. 800-336-7383
Coghill, John ……….. 877-465-3719
Costello, Mia ……….. 800-773-4968
Giessel, Cathy ………. 800-892-4843
Gray-Jackson, Elvi …… 800-331-4930
Hoffman, Lyman ………. 866-465-4453
Hughes, Shelley ……… 800-565-3743
Kawasaki, Scott ……… 66-465-3466
Kiehl, Jesse ………… 855-465-4947
Micciche, Peter ……… 800-964-5733
Olson, Donald ……….. 800-597-3707
Reinbold, Lora ………. 800-770-3822
Shower, Mike ………… 877-465-6601
Stedman, Bert ……….. 877-463-3873
Stevens, Gary ……….. 800-821-4925
von Imhof, Natasha …… 800-365-2995
Wielechowski, Bill …… 800-550-2435
Wilson, David ……….. 800-862-3878

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