Our Respect Life Office hosted a gathering of more than 50 faith leaders on April 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Denver. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver and Jenny Kraska of the Colorado Catholic Conference rallied the leaders of the different Christian faith communities to unite on protecting the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious freedom. The leaders also learned about participating in the state legislative process.
Catholic Charities' Parish and Community Relations has been reaching out to faith communities over the past year to find areas of common ground. That common ground has led us to focus on religious liberty; defending life from conception to natural death; and marriage between a man and a woman. Another theme that has developed is how faith communities can work together to address the needs in our community, such as homelessness and fatherless families.
Because the upcoming November elections are critical to faith communities exercising their faith in public, our current focus is to educate our congregations on why religious liberty, life and marriage are foundational to our faith and families. We are in the process of putting together an event in July that will bring in national speakers to address the threats to our religious liberty and how we can be proactive in preventing new attacks. From now until the election we will encourage those attending our churches to register to vote and to better understand how to vet those running for public office on foundational moral issues. Education is the key to putting faith and family first.
We have some exciting opportunities ahead that will combat the culture of moral relativism and bring faith communities together. If there are church leaders that would like to learn more about what we are doing, please contact Deacon Geoff Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
updated May 1, 2018