We advocate, educate and organize Catholics throughout the country.


The Catholic program elevates the voices of Catholic social justice leaders in the public square and in public policy through media and advocacy. By partnering with faith-based activists, theologians, clergy, women religious, and diverse lay leaders, we aspire to bring centuries of Catholic teaching on social justice and human dignity into current debates over political and moral issues.


Faithful Activism 2020: Catholic 

Millenials & Justice

Faith in Public Life traveled to Catholic universities across the country as part of Faithful Activism 2020: Catholic Millennials & Justice, a tour that engaged Catholics and other students of faith in timely conversations about justice for immigrants, racial equity and the moral urgency to address rising white nationalism and threats to communities of color. 



For centuries, Catholic women have been critical to reforming and renewing the Catholic Church, and today serve as some of the most effective leaders in pursuing justice and the common good. At a time when women are at the forefront in business and politics, too many Catholic women are not at the table when decisions are made in the church. As growing numbers of Catholics question the credibility of institutional leaders because of systemic clergy abuse and coverup, Catholic women are needed more than ever to help restore a culture of trust and accountability. In this series of videos, we highlight diverse Catholic women -- a university president, an expert on Catholic-Muslim relations, a theologian, a divinity student,  and a longtime leader in church transparency -- speaking about why we need more women in positions of power in the church.




The Catholic Church is an immigrant church and recognizes the dignity of all people, regardless of citizenship or documentation. As anti-immigrant rhetoric escalates from the White House to state houses, and immoral policies tear children from their parents, Catholics are boldly standing up to challenge nativism and white supremacy. We have sponsored a delegation of priests from around the country for an immersion experience on the US-Mexico border, teamed up with Catholic sisters for a nonviolent civil disobedience action in Congress on behalf of young immigrant Dreamers, and are mobilizing Catholics to support legislative efforts to integrate immigrants into society.




Facebook Live Conversation on Catholic Millennials & Activism

We gathered Millennial Catholics to share how they are approaching faith and activism.

The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church

The Francis Effect explores how a church once known as a force for social justice became known for a narrow agenda closely aligned with one political party, and looks at the opportunities for change in the “age of Francis.” 






Join us in the fight

As Catholics, our faith teaches us to honor the inherent dignity of all people because everyone is made in the image of God. Sadly, too many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still treated as second-class citizens. In much of the United States, a person can be fired from a job, refused service in a business, and denied housing simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We now have an opportunity to stand up for basic human dignity.

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John Gehring is Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life. He is author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church. His analysis has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Time, Politico, Crux, Commonweal, America and the National Catholic Reporter. His television and radio appearances include MSNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, National Public Radio and the BBC. He is a contributing editor at Commonweal Magazine, and an

adjunct professor of journalism at American University. Gehring is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his children Sophie and Leo.


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