Clergy want both parties to embrace, pursue moral agenda

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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his homily during a Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Cardinal Justin Rigali, second from right, who retired as Archbishop of Philadelphia amid allegations he put church interests ahead of clergy sexual abuse victims returned to the city over the weekend to help Pope Francis celebrate Mass, drawing criticism from advocates who said his visibility "rubs salt into deep wounds." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Several clergy members are urging candidates with both political parties to embrace what they’re calling a moral agenda.

The clergy plan to unveil their “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” Monday in Cleveland, a week before the Republican National Convention gets underway.

Organizers of a news conference and march to GOP convention headquarters say the same declaration will be presented at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in two weeks and to all 2016 candidates for U.S. Senate and governor.

The agenda includes guarantees of economic fairness and access to healthcare for all, quality education for all children and criminal justice reform.

Clergy from the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association and a Roman Catholic nun are among those participating.

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