Government Liaison, Peace and Justice Ministry

Jean Hill, Director

27 C Street
Salt Lake City UT 84103
Phone: (801)328-8641 x 336
Email: jean.hill@dioslc.org

The Government Liaison represents a Catholic viewpoint at local, state and national levels of government.  Information and workshops on legislative issues and the legislative process are available to enable Catholics to become more involved in public policy decisions.

The Peace and Justice Commission seeks to educate, inspire, and activate all peoples to work for justice and peace.

CATHOLIC ADVOCACY

Catholics may join the diocesan advocacy efforts on issues related to Catholic social teaching. The links below provide information on forming the individual Catholic conscience regarding policital issues, a list of current legislative efforts, and tips for engaging in advocacy. Weekly advocacy opportunties may also be found by joining the Prayer and Action Network (see the link on the left) or an advocacy team (see the explanation below under the Peace and Justice Commission). 

2017 Legislative Priorities (Last updated 3/6/17 11:44 a.m.)

A list of the bills the Diocese followed during the legislative session.

FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR: Who represents you?  Enter your addresswhere indicated here  and find your state representative and senator.

To find your Congressional representative, click here.  For Senate, click here.

ASSISTED SUICIDE LEGISLATION

A bill to legalize assisted suicide will again be considered during the 2017 Legislative session. Please review this summary of the End of Life Options Act  and our concerns (en Espanol) and contact your legislators to express your Catholic point of view. 

Also, for more details about Catholic teaching on end of life issues, including important distinctions between assisted suicide and other end of life options, please review these FAQs (en Espanol).

Church teaching on End of Life Issues (USCCB)

Postcard encouraging legislators to oppose the End of LIfe Options Act.

For more information, click on the Assisted Suicide link on the left.

DEATH PENALTY REPEAL

Legislators are also considering repealing the death penalty in Utah. Death sentences serve no purpose in our current criminal justice system, except to enact revenge. As such, the penalty violates the teaching of the Catholic Catechism. Further, state governments have proven to be ineffective in their use of the penalty, resulting in several people being exonerated after serving decades on death row.

For talking points on repeal click HERE.

Postcard encouraging legislators to repeal the death penalty. 

Faithful Citizenship

View Bishop Wester's discussion of Faithful Citizenship and our moral obligations as voters.  Two part video available Part 1 and Part 2

How to Advocate Your Position with a Legislator
Faith and Politics: Catholics are Called to Political Action
Get Your Letter to the Editor Published

Join the Prayer and Action Network

PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMISSION 

Commission members lead advocacy teams on international, national and state and local issues involving Catholic social teaching.  Advocacy teams receive periodic action alerts regarding federal or state legislation and agree to contact state legislators or members of the Utah congressional delegation regarding the issue. If you would like to be an advocacy team member, please contact Jean Hill at the number or email above.

The Commission also maintains the Prayer and Action Network--a weekly email on current issues and suggested actions for readers.  For sample emails, see the link at the left.

ISSUES OF CONCERN

While there are many current events, policies, and issues of concern to the Catholic Church, a few of our ongoing advocacy efforts center on immigration reform, economic justice, religious liberty, and global poverty. 

Catholic Teaching on Immigration

Catholic Teaching on Economic Life

Catholic Teaching on Religious Liberty

Catholic Teaching on Domestic and Global Poverty

¿Qué Hacer Ante las Redadas de Inmigración?

What to Do in the Event of a Raid

PARTNERS

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Catholic Relief Services

Catholics Confront Global Poverty

 

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