The work of the Office of MRS Policy and Public Affairstakes a multifaceted approach to achieve its objectives, which include our
Advocate: Unauthorized migrants, children, refugees,
victims of human slavery, and other people on the move are particularly
vulnerable populations that look to the Catholic Church for support. The Church
understands its responsibility to support administrative policies and
legislation that provide increased protections for these communities and does
through both direct advocacy and grassroots level organization.
Communicate: Our world is connected like it never has
been before through a wide array of social and traditional media. Through the
use of various media platforms the bishops seek to better communicate the
Church's social teaching on migration, and help both Catholics and the public
at large to appreciate the moral logic that underlies the bishops' commitment
to specific advocacy efforts.
Educate: The bishops recognize the importance of
educating its faithful on the moral underpinnings of all issues with which it
deals, including migration. The objective for such efforts are not only policy
related but also to form a culture that is more welcoming of the stranger and
willing to provide support to those most in need. The foundations for these
positions have both Scriptural roots and the longstanding moral tradition of
Collaborate: The bishops recognize that to further
its political and cultural objectives it is important that they collaborate
with other organizations of good will. The Church itself is comprised of a wide
network of organizations that exists on the local, state, and national level.
These include parishes, diocesan structures, state conferences, religious
orders, universities and affiliated organizations. In addition, the Church is
open to working with non-Catholic organizations whom share a similar moral
vision and uphold policy objectives that are compatible with the Church's own.
Effectively using these networks allows MRS to amplify its voice in the public
square and increase the likelihood that humane and responsible legislation that
supports migrants will become a reality.