Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppression (Justice in the World, Synod of Bishops, 1971).
From Rerum Novarum (1891) to Pope Francis’ most recent encyclical Laudato Si (2015) the Church has responded to the global and national challenges of the day with a body of moral principles by which social and economic actvity can be judged. These principles are rooted in the Gospel, providing guidelines for action and enabling us to live our faith in justice and peace.
In the shelter of each other the people live
Father Paul attended the 40th National Justice and Peace Network Conference held in Swanwick, Derbyshire from the 20th – 22nd July 2018. The Conference explored the theme of building a Church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the most vulnerable at its heart. Read the NJPN Media release 2018 which followed the Conference.
Click on the images below for more details about Catholic social teaching and the Common Good.
The Catholic Social Teaching website is a livesimply initiative, a network of 60+ charities which support the radical idea that God calls us to look hard at our lifestyles and live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor people at home and overseas. Click on the image for information and resources about the Church’s teaching on social, political and economic issues. The key documents which emobdy the principles of the Church’s social teaching can be found here.
Together for the Common Good is a movement bringing the principle of the Common Good alive and drawing people together across their differences. It includes groups which would not normally converge from church networks of different traditions to MPs and neighbourhood organisations, aiming to facilitate conversations about the Common Good which lead to positive action.
Annual Justice and Peace Assembly, 27th January 2018: Hope Overcoming Fear
Father Paul and parishioners attended the Diocesan Annual Justice and Peace Assembly at the Christian Education Centre, Crawley on Saturday, 27th January. The theme for the day was ‘Hope Overcoming Fear’ and speakers explored how the church can respond to the problems in our troubled world today, which cause fear and hatred, by promoting messages of hope. Bishop Richard opened the day by reminding us that when when we are faced with fear and uncertainty, if we keep our eyes on Jesus, he will will show us the way. Continue reading