By Christine Stoddard
Capital News Service
RICHMOND – About 250 members of the Richmond and Arlington dioceses participated Thursday in the Virginia Catholic Conference’s 2012 Catholic Advocacy Day. That was a record turnout for the annual event, said Jeffrey Caruso, the executive director of the VCC.
Caruso said he was “extremely pleased” by the number of participants.
During their talks with Virginia legislators, participants addressed issues involving abortion, stem cell research, criminal and juvenile justice, religious freedom, health care, immigration, education and the economy.
According to the VCC’s pamphlet, “Civic Responsibility: A Resource for Catholics in Virginia,” the Catholic tradition upholds “responsible citizenship” as a virtue and participation in political life as a moral obligation.
“I think the legislators appreciate knowing that their Catholic constituents are particularly involved in the legislative process,” Caruso said. “We’re certainly not 100 percent in agreement, but overall legislators were very welcoming and respectful. Hopefully we’ll see that same positive response regarding the bills.”
Catholic Advocacy Day began in downtown Richmond’s SunTrust Center at 8 a.m., with legislative visits starting at 10:30 a.m. and going through noon. Participants lunched in St. Peter’s Church, where they also observed Mass and discussed the day’s events.
Shuttle transportation allowed Catholics from across the state to participate in the annual advocacy day.
The VCC began sponsoring Catholic Advocacy Day activities in 2005.
This CNS article was published by the Arlington Catholic Herald.