Catholic parishes called to engage with politicians and to reveal the truth of the Church’s positive contribution to society
In a new national initiative, the Director of the Catholic Church’s Parliamentary Office Anthony Horan has written to Scotland’s Catholic priests asking them to encourage their parishioners to get involved in politics and to make sure politicians are aware of what’s happening in their parishes.
The call to greater political action provides each parish in Scotland with full contact details of their MSP’s and MP’s and suggests inviting local elected representatives to events such as special Masses, charity events, coffee mornings, and youth clubs to make them as much a part of parish life as possible.
Commenting on the letter, Mr. Horan said: “The Catholic parish is the centrepiece of the community and it exists to serve all people, including feeding the poor, ministering to the sick, accompanying the lonely, and engaging with young people”.
He added: “Building positive relationships between parishes and elected representatives, will help reveal the truth about the immensely positive contribution the Catholic Church makes to Scottish society”.
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Here is the full text of the letter to parishes:
Catholic Parliamentary Office
I refer to the above agency of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and I am pleased to enclose some leaflets telling you a little more about the work of the office.
I am keen to increase the level of involvement of Catholics in political life, and in relation to matters of both national and local interest.
The primary purpose of this letter is to invite your parish to engage with local politicians and consider making them as much a part of parish life as possible. For example, inviting them to parish events such as special Masses, charity events, coffee mornings, and youth clubs. You may also want to contact them to make them aware of parish initiatives which serve the community such as the activities of St Vincent de Paul, food banks and so on.
I believe that it is incredibly important for Parliament to know about the great work being done in our local parishes and the most efficient way to do this is to involve elected representatives at a local level and to make them feel part of the parish community, irrespective of whether or not they are Catholic. Your MSP or MP is also able to put forward motions in Parliament and this can be a very useful tool for raising awareness of local matters, such as the success of a St Vincent de Paul project.
I have enclosed a list of your local MSPs and your local MP. If you haven’t already done so I would encourage you or a representative of the parish to make contact with them. I also invite you to join our Catholic Parliamentary Office mailing list to receive our monthly e-newsletter and information on campaigns which might be of interest to you and your parishioners. You can subscribe to the mailing list via our website at rcpolitics.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and entering ‘Subscribe’ in the subject line.
I would also be delighted to hear any feedback you might have in relation to contact you have with politicians.
In the meantime, if I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me using the details, below.