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.
The Annual Diocesan Justice and Peace Assembly “Still no room at the inn. How can we respond to the homelessness crisis today? was held on Saturday 25th January 2020 at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley. This year’s theme, with speakers from charities across Sussex and Surrey, focusing on the needs of the homeless, was especially timely, given the number living on our streets or in inadequate accommodation.
Attendees learned a great deal about the current homelessness crisis, including the factors that contribute to it and the action that, we, as Christians should take. The Social Action page of the Diocesan website has links to many of the day’s presentations.
The Assembly culminated with Bishop Richard signing an application to join the Catholic Social Action Network (CSAN) , a worldwide network for social action established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The formal application to join CSAN will open up new possibilities for the Social Action Plan of the Diocese.
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.
Global Justice Now is a democratic, social justice organisation, working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. It mobilises people in the UK for change, and acts in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.