Rights and Responsibilities

Catholic Social Teaching

The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.

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Take Action

  • Participate in Catholic Days at the Capitol
  • Join the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops Advocacy Network to help encourage lawmakers to defend all human life and promote the dignity of the most vulnerable in our society.
  • Pray to ensure the future of our nation will allow for religious freedom, as guaranteed by our constitution: Prayer Resources for Conscience Rights and Religious Freedom in English and Spanish.
  • Host a Faithful Citizenship workshop; contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice to schedule a presentation: 407-658-1818 x 2086 or advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org.
  • Raise awareness about “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
  • Invite a Catholic judge or lawyer to give a talk on the history of the First Amendment and host  a Q&A Weekly Rosary Group dedicated to Religious Liberty.
  • Write Letters to Editor in your local news publications