PRESS RELEASE: National Faith Advocacy Organizations Call on Senators to Consider Supreme Court Nominee

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2016
Contact: Patrick Carolan
(203) 522-2324
Washington, D.C. - Late last week national faith based advocacy organizations including the Franciscan Action Network and the Unitarian Universalist Association delivered a letter to Senators McConnell and Grassley calling on the Senate to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.

The letter was signed by ten faith based organizations who agree that the Senate must do its job as mandated by the Constitution. The full content of the letter along with the list of signatories can be found on FAN's website.

FAN's executive director, Patrick Carolan, said, "Pope Francis has said that "A good Catholic meddles in politics" and that politics "is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good." Therefore we are calling on the Senate to allow a vote on the Supreme Court nominee because Catholic Social Teaching compels us to act and speak out in favor of good governance."

"The democratic process is fundamental to the American way of life and to our Unitarian Universalist faith community, but it only works if elected leaders fulfill their duties. It is time to put partisan politicking aside and to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. I strongly urge the senators blocking this process to do their moral and ethical duty and hold hearings for Judge Merrick Garland." said the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The Franciscan Action Network co-leads "Faithful Democracy" a faith based coalition looking at issues of good governance including money in politics and voting rights. The sign on letter is part of an ongoing campaign to increase the democratic voice of each and every American.