Texas Catholic Conference Executive Director Jeffery Patterson called Catholics to active citizenship and advocacy in a recent interview with Austin Catholic New Media (ACNM).
Speaking with the hosts of ACNM’s Two Guys and a Girl Podcast, Patterson emphasized that Catholics need to educate and form their consciences in order to make the moral choices necessary to fulfill the obligation to faithful citizenship.
As the Bishops’ public policy voice, the Texas Catholic Conference (TCC) is responsible for advocating on concerns stemming from Catholic moral and social teaching, explained Patterson. Conference issues include: promoting the dignity of the human person, family and community, protecting the common good, the poor, and workers, and caring for God’s creation.
Texas Catholic Conference goals for the upcoming 82nd Texas Legislative Session include defending gains from last session – such as the sonogram law and reduction in Planned Parenthood funding – as well as curbing predatory lending practices, supporting a school choice corporate tax credit, and advocacy for the poor and immigrant community in Texas.
“It’s extremely important that we are conscientious and supportive of the human family, that we be able to provide for their needs, whether they’re suffering from violence, economic insecurity, or starvation,” said Patterson.
He also encouraged listeners to visit the TCC web site at www.TXcatholic.org to get more information on the Bishops’ advocacy concerns, and to join the Texas Catholic Network as a way to remain informed and active on policy issues relevant to the Catholic faith.
The podcast aired on ACNM on October 7, 2012, and the interview is available on the Texas Catholic Podcast or on iTunes. The entire Podcast is available on the ACNM web site here. Austin Catholic New Media produces and shares news, blogs, podcasts, and other information on the Church, with a specific focus on Catholics in the Diocese of Austin.