Does the family have a role to play in the political arena? Pope John Paul II would have answered, “Yes.”
The family’s social function is also expected to be expressed in political intervention. This means that families must be the first to busy themselves so that the state’s laws and institutions not only shall not offend, but shall also positively sustain and defend the family’s rights and duties. In this sense, families must grow in awareness of being the foremost actors in so-called “family policy” and take on the responsibility of transforming society. Otherwise families will be the first victims of those evils they limited themselves to watching with indifference.
—Pope John Paul II, Prayers and Devotions