CV NEWS FEED // CatholicVote is announcing a new educational initiative called EDIFY, which will provide substantive Catholic perspectives on important issues in short online videos that are easy to digest and share.
A project of the CatholicVote Education Fund, “EDIFY will offer regular 5-minute animated videos featuring experts from around the country to help Catholics and all people to sort through the complex issues of the day with the help Catholic Social Teaching,” CatholicVote stated in a news release.
To increase awareness of EDIFY prior to its launch, CatholicVote is offering a $10,000 award to the parish or Catholic organization chosen most often by new subscribers to the EDIFY platform. The contest will run through the month of September.
“We encourage every supporter of CatholicVote, every school teacher, catechist, parent, grandparent, young person, and anyone interested in learning more about applying authentic Catholic Social Teaching to the challenges we face in our culture, to sign up for the platform,” said EDIFY Executive Director Scot Landry.
Registration for EDIFY is free. To sign up and participate in the contest please visit EDIFY.us.
EDIFY will launch in late September, CatholicVote stated, and the program will “share the truths of the Catholic faith and the foundational values of America through regular five-minute videos, podcasts, and more.” EDIFY represents a “continuation of CatholicVote’s mission to inspire every Catholic in America to live the truths of our faith in public life.”
“Today in America there are many harmful ideas being pushed in our culture and onto our young people, such as critical race theory, gender ideology, socialism, aggressive secularism and other destructive ideologies,” said Landry. “American Catholics want resources to win the war of ideas and elevate the conversations that shape our families, workplaces, parishes, and communities.”
CatholicVote President Brian Burch hired Scot Landry earlier this year to direct EDIFY, said CatholicVote. Landry is a Catholic executive with leadership experience in several Catholic organizations.
“Brian invited me to imagine a PragerU for Catholics,” Landry said. “EDIFY will equip every parent, grandparent, priest and concerned peer with easily shareable videos that address the most hot-button topics of the day.”
“Politics can be an ideal doorway into the richness and breadth of the wisdom of the Church,” Landry continued. “EDIFY is designed to help all Americans, and especially Catholics, to think with the Church, through the lens of authentic Catholic Social Teaching, to help make sense of our world.”
“EDIFY means ‘to teach in ways that enlighten, encourage and uplift individuals intellectually, morally, or spiritually,’” CatholicVote’s news release said:
Landry added: “EDIFY is a perfect name to describe what we are hoping to accomplish for our church and our country.”
EDIFY will debut its first five-minute video later this month. As a major educational platform for CatholicVote, EDIFY will grow over time to include additional features, including school civics programs, interactive interviews with thought leaders, and much more.
“We could not be more excited to announce the coming of EDIFY,” said Burch:
Anyone engaged in American public life knows Catholics need a lot of help understanding the Faith and authentically applying it to the issues of the day. We wanted to create something bigger than a single election cycle, and address head on the challenge of being authentically Catholic in the messy world of politics and the debates of the day. EDIFY is the answer.
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