Pope advises Catholic lawmakers to be guided by Church doctrine


Pope Francis received a group of lawmakers on Sunday, who are in Rome for a meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network. Founded in 2010 by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna and British parliamentarian Lord David Alton, the ICLN brings together Catholic legislators to discuss issues of common concern and share ideas about how best to bring their common faith to bear on their work for the common good.

Pope Francis noted the broad spectrum of political opinion represented by the group, and the increased number of participants. He told them: “As long as the contribution of the Church to the great questions of society in our time can be put into discussion, it is vital that your commitment is constantly pervaded by her moral and social teachings, in order to build a more humane and just society.”

“The laws that you promulgate and apply ought to build bridges between different political perspectives: even when they respond to precise ends ordered to the promotion of greater care for the defenseless and the marginalized, especially the many who are constrained to leave their countries; and when they are in order to favour a correct human and natural ecology.”

US Congressman Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) told Vatican Radio: “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,”

Mooney went on to say that the ICLN gathering has been for him a heartening experience. “It’s very inspiration to see how people are fighting for family values,” he said, “it’s just more encouraging to see faithful Catholics from every country promoting the values of the Church.”

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