Maryland Catholic Conference on Poverty

by Michael Sean Winters

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The Maryland Catholic Conference, which represents the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore as well as the Diocese of Wilmington, has issued an "action alert" via email calling on all Catholics to contact their state legislators during January, which is Poverty in America Awareness Month.

A few months back, I had a conversation with a state senator here in Maryland who said that the lobbyists for the Maryland Catholic Conference were among the best in Annapolis, that they were always well-informed, knew the policy issues inside and out, and most importantly, that they were virtually the only people in the state capital consistently and fervently arguing on behalf of the poor.

This latest action alert shows that the Maryland Catholic Conference is not, as some have charged, only interested in opposing gay marriage. It also shows that in addition to having competent lobbyists working the halls of the legislature, they are serious about getting Catholics in the pews pushing the Church's social justice agenda. Kudos to our friends at the MCC.

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