Legislative Advocacy

The Archdiocese of Detroit follows the legislative priorities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We maintain a bank of news, people and current information on various legislative issues with moral impact and work to disseminate this information throughout the archdiocese. Our role is to help parish staff and volunteers prepare appropriate responses to legislation of concern and work to accomplish the goals of the U.S. bishops' conference.

The Michigan Catholic Conference serves as the official voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan on matters of public policy.

Legislative Advocacy Resources

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Immigration Reform, Religious Freedom, and Supporting Christians

 

Immigration Reform

The Catholic Church in the United States supports comprehensive immigration reform that upholds the dignity of the human person, promotes family unity, and combats any injustice that would compromise the dignity of immigrants. Many immigration issues are most appropriately addressed by national immigration authorities and the United States Congress.

Resources on the Church's beliefs on immigration can be found here:

U.S. Bishops: Church's Position on Immigration Reform

Michigan Catholic Conference: Immigration Reform in Michigan

 

Religious Freedom

Catholics have long been staunch defenders of God-given religious liberty. Today, such liberty is threatened in our country by government intrusion. Both the federal and state governments have made attempts to inhibit – and even to make illegal – efforts by Catholics and Catholic institutions to operate according to their faith.

Persecuted Christians

Archbishop Allen Vigneron urges prayers and support for Christians and others in the Middle East who are subject to violence because of their faith. The Archdiocese of Detroit acutely feels the impact of religious persecution in Iraq and the Middle East because of its close ties with our large local Chaldean population in the Southfield-based Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle. Because of the relationship between the archdiocese and the Chaldean Eparchy, Archbishop Vigneron was one of three Roman Catholic archbishops in North America to participate in the 2010 Vatican Synod of Bishops in the Middle East.

See: Help Iraq: Website of the St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Eparchy (Donations Accepted)

Faithful Citizenship

Read Archbishop Vigneron's Letter on Faithful Citizenship

 

In 2020, as it has in previous election years, the Archdiocese of Detroit takes its lead from the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). These published guidelines clarify the appropriate political and electoral activity for Catholic parishes and organizations in southeast Michigan.

 

Michigan Catholic Conference's Election Year Guidelines (available in both English and Spanish)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Do's and Don'ts Guidelines During Election Season

 

Other Resources:

  • The Michigan Catholic Conference's Voter's Guide examines the role of conscience formation and civility in the 2020 election. It provides questions and thoughts for Catholics to consider before casting their ballot.
  • The Michigan Catholic Conference's election resources page has information on voter registration, conscience formation, social media graphics, ballot and candidate information, prayer and saint resources, and more.
  • Civilize It is a new project of the USCCB that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue during conversation and engagement in the political process. The bishops of Michigan, through the MCC, fully endorse Civilize It and the resources it provides, which include a pledge, a prayer, and a pastoral aid for parishes.
  • Once again, the USCCB offers its teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics – Faithful Citizenship. It urges pastors, along with lay and religious, to form their consciences as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
  • Priorities at the Polls: This article by Archbishop Naumann, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, provides a brief overview of Catholics’ responsibilities to protect and defend human life as we approach the polls. (English | Spanish)

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Individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact us at proffice@aod.org.

 

Pro-Life

January 22 marks the anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in 1973, known as Roe vs. Wade. Each year at that time we come together to remember those lost to abortion.

"(We) stand ready to do all in our power to help any expectant mother or any person suffering serious illness to choose life rather than to make the tragic choice of abortion or of physician-assisted suicide. Our mission is to offer the help and compassion of Jesus Christ in support of each precious human life."

—Archbishop Allen Vigneron

Today, fewer abortions are being performed each year, fewer doctors are willing to practice abortion, and states have passed more laws restricting or regulating the practice than laws promoting or protecting abortion.

Read more about the Pro-Life activities of the Catholic Church in America through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Resources:

Crisis Pregnancy Help Centers

Mary's Mantle for unwed, pregnant mothers

Gianna House for pregnant teens

Hope After Abortion

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

Project Rachel

Project Hope

Traditional Marriage

The Church teaches that the well-being of the individual person and of society is intimately linked with marriage and family. Studies also consistently support the many societal benefits rooted in the permanent union of one man with one woman. Despite such evidence, however, more couples in the United States choose not to marry and, at the same time, are increasingly accepting of a variety of non-marital and alternative sexual relationships. 

Marriage and Family in the United States : The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a review of research on the benefits generated from families rooted in traditional marriage.

Focus: Defending One Man and One Woman in Marriage : The Michigan Catholic Conference in 2004 stated its reasons for supporting an amendment to the state constitution to recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Marriage: Unique for a Reason : Through this website, the U.S. Bishops invite people to learn about the basics of marriage, what it is, why it’s important to society, and what the impact of redefining it would be.

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