All of this means Catholics approach activism in a different way as well.
ur faithprovides illumination about what is wrong
or right), it provides the target list, soto speak, of what are goals should be, it tells us how we are to prioritize that list, andfinally, it tells us how to go about achieving those goals, for instance, with charity,and hope in Christ. Catholic activism, furthermore, is communal. Catholics know that we are the body of Christ. We are meant to be the salt of the earth, and the candlenot hid underneath a basket.
What does the Catholic Activist Community look like?
This community for Catholic activism is both large and small.
n the one hand, it islarge because we - us in this room - have a huge, amplified effect based on themedium we use.
ur ministries and apostolates touch more people than well everknow. My American Papist facebook fanpage has over 5,000 fans. The averageperson on Facebook has 130 friends. Do you know what 5000 times 130 is? I was atheology major - I had to use a calculator: 650,000. Talk about a megaphone to theworld. Even if you only have your 130 friends, the community of individuals you cantouch second-hand is almost 17,000 people. So, on the one hand our audience ispotentially, very large.
n the other hand, our community for Catholic activism is small. The number of committed Catholics - or, as I like to call them, papists, in other words, peoplewho joyfully and fully accept all the teachings of the Magisterium, is small, certainlyin relation to the number of people living in the United States, and probably also inrelation to the number of people who, when asked, self-identify as Catholics. But thefact that we are small need not discourage us.Pope Benedict has written that creative minorities shape culture. They alwayshave. Small groups of individuals who know what they believe, why they believe,and can communicate clearly what they believe to others, transform the cultural andsocial environment they inhabit. Committed Catholics are the creative minority inAmerica today. Consider who we are and what we have to offer our country,uniquely. We have our faith, and from that faith we have a mission to evangelize theworld, not only in the things of God, but also in the things of man. Christ reveals manto himself, and whenever we act in Christ, we provide witness to what humanity iscalled to be. And while our experience of our faith and spirituality is subjective, thecontent of our faith, and also importantly, our morality, is objective - which meansyou can argue for it, convince others of its rightness. In particular, this group of committed Catholics is well-placed to be a transformative, creative minority. Thosewho employ media old and new in their ministries and apostolates, and indeedprivate lives, are exceptionally well-equipped to do this work.
The Importance of Unity