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I, the LORD, have called you for justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
To open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

~Is 42: 6-7

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”.

~ USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 13 

Politics today often seems to be a hyper-partisan enterprise based around the principles of self-interest and the maintenance of power. But we Catholics have a different vision to offer. What sort of a difference can we make if by our political activities we follow the path of loving and humble service to our sisters and brothers? The Office of Public Policy exists to advance this mission in the public square in the State of New Hampshire.


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