Peace and Social Justice Doctrine
The mission of the SEAS Peace and Social Justice Doctrine is to study the Church’s social doctrine, found in documents such as The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and to consider and communicate how they can be applied to issues of concern today, both in our community and in the wider world.
Other committees in the Peace & Social Justice Ministry provide charitable works to help others.
This committee seeks to address deeper problems and factors in our world which can lead to strife of war and violence, contribute to economic and social injustices, and place greater burdens on charity to assist victims of these problems.
Are you willing to invest 2 to 4 hours a month to explore such problems, and discuss possible solutions to reduce their effects?
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Background and Action Proposed
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, recently said: “Christians must do more than dream of a better world; they must take an active role in changing it.” (cruxnow.com, 20 Aug 2018)
To improve some major problems of this world many Catholics seem willing to pray about them …but prefer to leave everything else up to God. Maybe we should “pray as if it all depends on God, and work as if it all depends on us.”
Perhaps many Catholics aren’t aware of how they can work on trying to resolve those problems ...in accordance with Christian principles and guidance of the Church.
Christ said, “…the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) But it takes work to determine what is the background and truth about many major problems that exist in this world – and to determine what can be done about them.
Are you willing to meet and invest 2 to 4 hours a month in exploring those questions?
The Church developed a guideline to help Catholics navigate many of the issues and problems that beset our ‘modern society’ …how to apply basics of Christian and Catholic teachings to help arrive at good moral solutions for such problems.
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (see more under DOCUMENTS at Right) provides a sound general framework for application to life in current society. But it ’s application to various situations must be developed by people of good faith who are – or become - acquainted with the details of those issues. For that reason, both the Compendium and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops call upon the lay people to take this responsibility – well beyond simply casting a vote in a particular election.
Do you trust politicians and political representatives to develop good solutions for our societal problems entirely on their own? Do you trust them to do so without undue influence from lobbyists - who outnumber Representatives and Senators by 10 to 1, and who “our” representatives depend on for large amounts of political campaign funding?
Do you trust our contemporary news and information media to keep you – and our government officials and legislators - fully informed on all essential aspects of significant issues that affect our nation and society?
From the Compendium guidelines and detailed information from wider sources – we can strive to address deeper factors affecting Peace & Social Justice issues by researching and discussing the background factors – in forums inviting parishioners interested in particular issues, as one method – to develop and share information on issues, and strive to understand how underlying causes might be resolved
Perhaps good Catholics can lead and set an example in this way, to discuss them without the rancor that has come to dominate many ‘media outlets’ in recent years.
Open the Potential Discussion Subjects under DOCUMENTS at the RH margin, to see some subjects identified as potential significant concerns in today’s society.
NOTE that you may suggest additional subjects for consideration by using the Interest Form also included in the DOCUMENTS section at right.
What you can do?
Pray for discernment on such matters and concerns.
Consider which of the options below you may be able and willing to follow, to better develop an understanding on such matters.
a) Join this committee to review and develop a background in various subject areas, to consider how Catholic Social Doctrine guidelines apply in those areas …and prepare to present forums for wider discussion with others.
b) Join a group to just study the Compendium on Social Doctrine of the Church, to understand the guidelines that have been developed. Or study it on your own: copies are available in the SEAS Adult Library (opposite the church office).
c) Indicate if you’d like to participate in a forum to hear background and add to the discussion on any of the topics listed – or suggest other possible subjects, to lead to more informed and active citizens.
NOTE: Participants can also be provided with information on how to contact legislators at various levels of government to address the concerns, and possible solutions, that they have in mind.
Use the Interest Form provided in the RH margin under DOCUMENTS to communicate your interest in any or all of the above options for participation.
HISTORICAL NOTE: There’s an old saying to effect that “If you give a person a fish, they eat for today …if you teach them to fish, they eat for a lifetime.” Several other activities this committee has been involved in are described under DOCUMENTS at right: the “Warming Souls Shelter” and the “Bridges Out of Poverty” training program.
The “Warming Souls Shelter” is a yearly winter activity; “Bridges Out of Poverty” can be repeated whenever there’s interest in doing so.