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Pope tells Catholic legislators: heed Church’s social and moral teaching


Pope Francis has urged Catholic legislators to follow the Church’s moral and social teaching when making laws.

Speaking at a meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network, the Pope noted the large range of political opinions among those present, and called on Catholic politicians of all persuasions to build a more humane and just society.

“The laws that you promulgate and apply ought to build bridges between different political perspectives,” the Pope said, adding that politicians ought to promote “greater care for the defenceless and the marginalized”, and should “favour a correct human and natural ecology.”

The ICLN was founded in 2010 by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna and British parliamentarian Lord Alton of Liverpool to bring together Catholic legislators from across the world to discuss issues of common concern and share ideas about how to live their faith.

Alex Mooney, a Republican congressman in the United States House of Representatives, told Vatican Radio he was encouraged by the meeting.

“We have an opportunity to meet here with other Catholic legislators and elected officials from other parts of the world, and to discuss common concerns – problems, opportunities – for our faith, and how to work together and support each other,”

“It’s very inspiration to see how people are fighting for family values,” Mooney said, “it’s just more encouraging to see faithful Catholics from every country promoting the values of the Church.”