Catholic Charities of Arkansas
Social Action Office
A justice education, legislative lobbyist and community involvement ministry
The Social Action Office fosters action on behalf of justice and peace within the Diocese of Little Rock. It serves as a voice for the poor and the powerless through justice, education, advocacy and community involvement. When appropriate, it takes the lead in educating and mobilizing Arkansas Catholics on social issues. Details on the Church’s position on issues are sent to parish social action representatives on a timely basis.
|Bishop Anthony B. Taylor testifies for the abolition of the death penalty Jan. 30, 2013. Bishop Taylor delivered his remarks to the Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee before a packed gallery.|
Education — The Social Action Office educates and promotes Catholic Social Teaching (CST), the consistent life ethic and the social mission of the Catholic Church by presenting workshops and sending educational materials to parishes. To learn more, contact Tom Navin or read the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
Advocacy — The Social Action Office supports legislative advocacy activities in the Diocese of Little Rock by studying state legislation to determine if proposed bills are “for” the common good or “against” the common good (i.e., follows the principles of CST). The office also interacts with state representatives and senators to educate them on the Church’s position on pending legislation. To learn more, see Diocese of Little Rock Advocacy Team
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church tells us that a sin against the common good and its demands is a social sin that “refers to the relationships between the various human communities. These relationships are not always in accordance with the plan of God, who intends that there be justice in the world and freedom and peace between individuals and groups.” This is why our advocacy work in the diocese is so important, especially when the legislature is in session and public policies and relationships are being determined.
Collaboration — The Social Action Office collaborates with other diocesan offices as well as interfaith and community groups on issues of common concern to promote legislative advocacy.
Communication — The Social Action Office sends information to parish social action representatives and pastors about social issues being discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and how it relates to Catholics in the pew. A Call to Social Action is an e-bulletin that is produced when the legislature is in session.