How do you get 300,000 people to read your pro-marriage defense?



a) Be a sucessor of the apostles (as Bishop Thomas Paprocki is) and have something profound and urgent to say about a question in the public eye.

b) Collaborate with lay Catholics who use social media to promote good messages (like CatholicVote).

c) Since I posted Bishop Paprocki’s letter in defense of marriage and religious liberty, it has been read online over 300,000 times.

The fight to protect marriage, of course, does not end with simply proclaiming the truth. Bishop Paprocki is calling upon faithful Catholics to join him in Springfield, IL on February 20th for a Preserve Marriage Lobby Day at the capitol to oppose gay marriage and call out the hollow religious liberty protections being offered by the Democrats in the current bill.

If you live in Illinois, please take action to contact your representatives, and if you live near Springfield please show up and support marriage and religious freedom.

When lay catholics join in the mission of our bishops to protect the faith and stand up for the civil rights of all catholics and people of good will, we can and do win.

Or, to make this point visually…

This is his job:

This is our job:

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Thomas Peters, 31, grew up in Southern California and attended college in Michigan. He has two graduate degrees in theology. He began his award-winning American Papist blog in 2006, which went on to become one of the most popular Catholic blogs in America. He was one of a handful of Americans invited to the Vatican’s first-ever Bloggers’ Meeting in Rome. Peters has appeared in dozens of TV, radio and online media outlets over the years discussing the intersection of Catholicism and political activism, debating topics related to life, family and religious freedom, in addition to writing and speaking about the future of social media and online organizing. Since 2010, he has served as an advisor to He and his wife Natalie live in Washington DC. You can follow him on Twitter @AmericanPapist.

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