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The American people voted for hope and political leadership that would serve the common good in the historic election of 2008.

Since then, our nation has faced grave trials, both at home and abroad. Yet, in the face of polarizing economic, military, social and political challenges, a majority of Congress has shown a courageous and steadfast commitment to protecting the least among us and advancing the common good for all Americans.   Heeding the better angels of their own nature, and harkening us all back to the best in the American character, members of Congress have taken a stand in difficult times to:

  • Pass economic stimulus measures that saved or created more than 3 million jobs when the economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month, many going abroad
  • Enact historic health care reform to benefit all Americans, including over 30 million uninsured, and reduce national health care costs in the long-run
  • Reform financial regulations so that Wall Street would never again imprudently gamble with the assets and job security of Americans, while enriching executives with billions in bonuses and destroying the well-being of working families
  • Extend the protections of unemployment insurance to millions of jobless Americans whose homes, families and futures have been placed in peril by the worst recession in generations.

We applaud the uncommon resolve demonstrated by a majority in Congress and by so many ordinary Americans in the struggle to serve the best interests of this country and the urgent needs of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.

We stand for the rich tradition of Catholic Social Justice that has animated our tireless service to, and understanding of, the common good for more than a century.  From Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum, which so eloquently defended the rights and the dignity of workers, to Pope Benedict’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, which summoned our economic and political systems to serve the needs of people first, Catholic ideals of social justice have inspired - and been a true compass for - our long progress as a nation toward a more just civil society.

With our nation continuing to suffer the burdens of war, recession, and political discord, we call on people of good will, and the leadership of both political parties, to uphold the social justice tradition of the Catholic Church, to safeguard the hard-won social and economic gains of the last century, and to protect the well-being of the middle class and the poor, who have rarely been more vulnerable.

We pledge:

  1. To pray and to work for an end to divisive and obstructionist politics in our country
     
  2. To support candidates who advance the common good, in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Justice, across a spectrum of issues including:
  • the preservation and creation of good jobs
  • the provision of affordable, accessible, quality healthcare for all
  • the continuation of social and economic policies to reduce abortion 
  • the defense of the environment
  • the uplifting of the poor, and
  • the accountability of corporations.
  1. To vote on November 2nd!                       

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