As Catholic citizens we have a responsibility to form our consciences and participate in the civic life of this nation.
If you would like to learn more about Social Justice Teaching, join the Peace and Social Justice Ministry on the 1st Thursday of each month to participate in discussions on these and other issues affecting our community.
The following articles, published by the USCCB examine our call as Catholic Citizens to participate in government and to guide in making moral choices when voting by applying our principles laid out in scripture, Catholic documents, and the Catholic Social Teachings (see below)
Part I of II: Our Call as Catholic Citizens
Part II of II: Making Moral Choices and Applying Our Principles
For further resources on Faithful Citizenship visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org
Below are articles that have been written by the Social Justice Ministry that will introduce you to each of the themes. They include a discussion of the theme, scriptural references, discussion questions to get you thinking about the issues:
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities--to one another, to our families, and to the larger society. READ MORE...
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last J udgment (Mt. 25: 31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. READ MORE...
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative. READ MORE...
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict. READ MORE...
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth
is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect
people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This
environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be
ignored. READ MORE...
Join us for the discussion on the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teachings. Each week we will talk about one of the themes and how they apply to today's social landscape. Come for one or come for all.