Catholics Like You Can Make a Difference

 

Shaping public policy is the responsibility of every person. Our democratic form of government and our Church both call us to become involved.

The Church is not trying to form a religious voting block...nor tell people how to vote. But it is analyzing political issues from a social and moral point of view. Now, through the Indiana Catholic Action Network (ICAN), you and other Catholics can have a direct impact on legislative action.

Issues important to the Church are selected by the ICC Board of Directors for further research. The ICC staff then researches and drafts a position statement based on the teachings of the Church as well as pertinent secular information.

How Does I-CAN Work?

 I-CAN members can follow the Church's position on each issue and House and Senate activity as it happens. Knowing the Church position and following the legislative process, I-CAN members can contact legislators to voice an opinion. Before a vote on a key issue takes place, 'Action Alerts' are sent through the Newtork notifying each member to immediately contact their legislators. (Networks are groups of two or more people which respond to Action Alerts from the ICC.)


What Can You Do?

1. Access the ICC website and read the I-CAN Update to stay informed.

2. Become part of a network. Contact other committed Catholics in your area to spread the alert.

3. Contact your legislator to voice your reasons for supporting or opposing an issue.

4. Give feedback to the staff regarding the ICC issues, positions and alerts.

5. Sign up for our e-mail newsletter

 


The Indiana Catholic Conference Diocesan Coordinators

Archdiocese of Indianapolis

David Siler

1400 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN  46202

317-236-7325

dsiler@archindy.org

 

Diocese of Evansville 

Dominic Farone
123 NW 4th Street-Ste. 603
Evansville, IN  47708
812-423-5456

dfaraone@evdio.org

 

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Fred Everett

114 W. Wayne

South Bend, IN  46601

574-234-0687

fredeverett@sbcglobal.net

 

Diocese of Gary

Duane Dedelow

Catholic Charities

940 Broadway

Gary, IN 46402

219-886-3549

ddedelow@catholiccharities.org



 

 


Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

Kevin Cullen

The Catholic Moment

PO Box 1603

Lafayette, IN  47902-1603

765-742-2050

kcullen@dioceseoflafayette.org


 
Network History


The Indiana Catholic Action Network (ICAN) was formed in 1978 by action of the ICC Board of Direcrors, in recognition of the need for Catholics as citizens, to be involved in shaping legislation, much of which intimately affects the daily lives of people in the state.  ICC's involvement in the political arena comes from the belief that life is sacred and that all people have a responsibility to respect the dignity of life and to work for the common good of the entire human family.  Each Bishop appoints a Diocesan Coordinator to direct the formation of networks within their diocese.  Support coordinators and parish contact persons build and maintain the networks.
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