Social Justice Catechesis

Social Justice Catechesis

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. -- Jesus Christ

These words of our Lord speak of evangelism and catechesis. So do the links and documents on this page. The Documents page has many links that are also catechetical. The Solidarity page is also access to catechesis materials. In several cases, it was a judgment call to place a link on the Solidarity or the Catechesis pages. Page updated February 19, 2001, many broken links fixed.

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A Brief Thought on Poverty

While it may be true that the poor will always be with us, their numbers need not be so great as they are, nor their treatment so shallow as it is.

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Catholic Church Sources

Catholic Religious Order Sources

Catholic Social Justice Discussion

Secular and Non-Catholic Sources. ......Corporate Welfare .Economics.. . .General . . .Global. . Homeless. . . .Hunger . . . Human Rights. .. . . Immigration ..Life ..... Poverty and Welfare.... Race. . War and Peace

Note: these secular and non-Catholic/faith-based sources are included in this section to bring light to bear on particular aspects of the social mission of the Church. In considering such links, and their inevitable various political colorations, I have deliberately sought to include a variety of political backgrounds, covering the conservative, liberal, and libertarian approaches (speaking in the context of United States politics), together with some with a more global outlook. It seems hard to do this without provoking controversy, but the discussion, evangelism, and catechesis of Catholic social justice does not always go forward without such controversy. Visitors are invited to suggest new sites for listing and to critique any of the current selection as not worthy of inclusion. The social justice encyclicals themselves suggest that such robust discussion is part of the necessary process by which the teaching is applied to current situations.



Catholic Church Sources

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Good News of Great Joy, Archbishop Chaput's pastoral letter on evangelization.

Of Human Life, Denver Archbishop Chaput's pastoral letter on family life.

Newark Diocese Human Concerns social justice and related issues. Respect Life pages

Office of Social Justice, diocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Food for Thought, a virtual tour through the social justice teachings of the Church. Resources for Catholic educators. Catholic Justice Educators Network, offers a downloadable power point presentation on Catholic social justice teachings. Also offers a downloadable 2.3 mg survey of Catholic social justice websites.

Social Development and World Peace from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers liturgical, homiletical, educational, information, regarding reception and catechesis of the 1996 Catholic Framework for Economic Life, ten point statement of the US Catholic Bishops. Sunday bulletin quotes...Solidarity...Organizing for Justice. . . Bulletin Inserts... Homily Suggestions...Educational Resources ...Outreach and Charity. . .

The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society 1988 document by the Pontifical Commission Justice and Peace

Declaration of the Mexican Episcopal Conference on the Occasion of the Enforcement of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, published in the Denver Catholic Register.

Economic Justice list of publications and resources available from National Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding Economic Justice.

The Family, Heart of the Civilization of Love, speech by H.E. Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, to the Tenth Annual conference of Women for Faith and Family, on the International Year of the Family

Evangelium Vitae and the Pro-Life Movement, by H.E. Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, to a pro-life conference in London.

List of Statements by US Catholic Bishops on the Death Penalty

Parish Resources for Education and Advocacy -- access to various resources for catechesis and evangelism in the area of social justice. From the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Parish Social Ministry Scorecard. . . Starting, Developing, and Maintaining a Parish Social Justice Program. . Top ten justice and peace videos .

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the Vatican.

Roman Catholic Magisterial Teachings on Moral Issues from the Diocese of Hamilton in Ontario



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A Century of Social Teaching: a Common Heritage, NCCB publication, brief in length, popular in tone, intended for parish, school, and small group use.

Communities of Salt and Light, NCCB statement for pastors and parish leaders seeking to strengthen parish social ministry.

Putting Children and Families First, NCCB

Salt and Light Parish Resource Manual, NCCB, text and hands-on resource





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Center of Concern social analysis, theological reflection, research, public education, issues of global development, peace, and social justice, Jesuit founded and related.

Markulla Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Dominican Order Peace and Justice Commission Workbooks, five workbooks to assist "all concerned to become more aware of the resources, the stories, and the techniques for pursuing justice and peace issues in our day. Available in English, with French and Spanish coming. Book 1 contains a series of examples and actions set in place by Dominican brothers and sisters for the purpose of promoting Justice and Peace. Book 2 places the focus on the foundations of the work for Justice and Peace. Book 3 describes the different methods for intervention in the area of justice and peace. Book 4 gives some theological, economic, and liturgical pointers based on issues highlighted in a commitment to justice and peace. Book 5 proposes a method for the evaluation and celebration of all actions undertaken for the promotion of Justice and Peace.

Dominican Social Doctrine: Tradition, Themes, Training Modules, with access to authoritative canon, themes (Economic Justice, Labor Relations, Global Relations, Peace and Disarmament, with cross-references to the documents), plus training modules for classes in church social justice including models suggested by the Congregation for Catholic Education (Osservatore Romano), South African materials,

Franciscan Justice and Peace Files collection of materials from the Franciscan Order relating to justice and peace.

International Association of Charity, part of the Vincentian family, founded in 1617 by St. Vincent de Paul, oldest lay association for women, 250,000 members, this article has excellent catechesis regarding helping the poor to better their circumstances.

International Resource Page, Congregation of the Passion link directory for all things Passionist.

Maryknoll Global Concerns news notes and action alerts, justice and peace office

Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. Reflections on America by Jacques Maritain

Marytown Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Bonaventure Province, in the charisms of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Maximilian Kolbe, sponsors Militia Immaculatae evangelization movement, prayer and study groups, publications, magazines, radio and TV and web ministry.

Office of Social and International Ministries, Jesuit Conference (US), Year 2000 Letter from the Jesuit Superior General on the social apostolate.

Our Mission and Justice from the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus.

Promotio Justitiae publication of the Social Justice Secretariat of the General Curia of the Society of Jesus (Rome), published in English, French, and Spanish. Online version is English only. Current issue and back issues in archive.

Salt of the Earth former print publication of the Claretians, now an on-line social justice access and catechesis place.

SEDOS service of publication and documentation sponsored by a coalition of religious orders, located in Rome, articles in English and French.

Vincentian Center for Church and Society, address of the Very Rev. Robert Maloney, CM, Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Vincentian Chair at the Center for Church and Society, St. John's University, January 1995. This chair was endowed by the Vincentian movement in response to a challenge from Pope John Paul II to consider and reflect on the causes of poverty, as well as their traditional works of mercy. To be Vincentian means. . . . . . .Bibliography regarding Vincentian Spirituality . . . About the SSVDP (has excellent catechesis and orthopraxis.



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Mondragon: the Remarkable Achievement a look at the Mondragon Industrial Cooperatives, which grew from a movement founded in 1941 by a young Basque priest, Fr. Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta. In 1956, five young men who had graduated from a school founded by Fr. Jose opened a factory that made paraffin stoves, 26 years later, in 1982, the Mondragon Cooperative Movement has 20,000 worker-members, 85 industrial cooperatives producing everything from machine tools to refrigerators to electronic equipment, 6 agricultural cooperatives, 2 service cooperatives, 43 cooperative schools, 14 housing cooperatives, a large consumer/worker cooperative with over 40 stores, plus four second level cooperatives that provide services to the primary cooperatives (these second level co-ops are a bank with 120 branch offices, a technological research institute, a League of Education and Culture (which funds a Polytechnical College, a business school, and a professional college) and a social security and medical cooperative. Article is in a secular newspaper, but the principles of the Mondragon movement are rooted deeply in Catholic social justice teaching. Soon to have its own page at this site. Mondragon and Relationships article in a secular journal discusses how the Catholic-founded and inspired Mondragon cooperatives manage their relationships. Basic Principles a discussion of the 10 principles that govern the Mondragon cooperatives, located on the main web site of the Mondragon movement. Mondragon Corporacion Cooperative web site of the Mondragon cooperative movement, available in English, Spanish, and Basque languages.

Catholic Social Teaching Reflections from the official site of the North Dakota Catholic Conference

A Civilizing Force Ralph McInerny, regarding Catholic culture and universities.

Action on Behalf of Justice article by Gerald Darring

An Option that isn't OPTIONAL short essay from the Sedaqah Catholic justice site about the preferential option for the poor.

Can we be not poor? By Luis Ugalde, S.J., Venezuela, article in Promotio Justitiae

Capitalism Rightly Understood: The View of Christian Humanism, Faith and Reason article by Michael Novak suggests the combination of democracy and capitalism will do more to free the poor from poverty and tyranny, and to release their creativity, than any known alternative. This article is critiqued in Maintaining the Continuity, also from Faith and Reason, where Dr. Krason finds much to agree with in Michael Novak's article, nevertheless he finds some important points on which he judges Professor Novak's understanding of the Pope to be questionable or erroneous..

Catholics Against Capital Punishment working for the abolition of the death penalty in the U.S.

Catholic Answers apologetics and evangelization.



Catholic Social Teaching articles by Gerald Darring regarding the social teaching, organized by commentary on the various important teaching encyclicals and conciliar statements.

Catholic Worker Roundtable essays, discussion, and clarification of thought (catechesis) in the Catholic Worker tradition.

American Chesterton Society, access to All Things Chesterton.

Christian Fatherhood: An Online Resource for Dads Around the World from St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers, attractive site.

The Christian University: Eleven Theses Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, on the occasion of the installation of Robert Bryan Sloan as President of Baylor University, Sept. 1995, from First Things. First Things Magazine, edited by Fr. Neuhaus.

Communion and Liberation: Crusaders for Catholic Integrity, Antonio Gaspari

Dorothy Day Library on the Web site devoted to the writings of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement (with Peter Maurin) in 1933.

Day after Day article by Dorothy Day from the November 1936 Catholic Worker

Easy Essays by Peter Maurin, co-founder with Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker movement, written by him as catechetical tools. Includes What the Catholic Worker Believe, the Duty of Hospitality, Christianity Untried, Feeding the Poor at a Sacrifice, Radical Change.

The End of "Business Ethics Chic" One of the difficulties to reintroducing true Christian ethics in the mentalities and policies of large corporations is that they believe they already have a good ethical system; they do not need a Christian system of philosophy.

Evelyn Waugh on his conversion to the Catholic faith. "I was born in England in 1903 with a strong hereditary predisposition toward the Established Church. My family tree burgeons on every twig with Anglican clergy men. . . "

First Things a journal of religion and public life

From Rerum Novarum to Centesimus Annus: Continuity or Discontinuity? Fr. Ernest Fortin, Faith and Reason, compares these two documents.

Getting to the Business of Defending Life Mary Beth Bonacci shows us what we can do to defend life.

Hilaire Belloc Web Page

Is America Liberal? By Michael Schwartz, a Faith and Reason article, discussed the Church's 19th century condemnation of "liberalism" and what this term means in the American context, suggests that the real experience of the U.S. is considerably closer to the ideal envisioned in Catholic social teaching than it is to the mechanical diagrams of liberal ideology, in its 19th or its 20th century formulation.

Liberalism, Democratic Capitalism, and the Catholic Human Rights Revolution, Kenneth L. Grasso, Faith and Reason

Miracle of the Rosary Mission promoting consecration and commitment to the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, very beautiful site, lots of really good stuff: Index to social justice teaching articles.....Overview of Catholic Social Teaching .....Catholic Social Teaching on Peace.....The Role of Laity in the Transformation of Society.....Catholic Social Teaching: Continuity and Change.....Catholic Social Teaching on Population Growth.....Catholic Social Teaching on Labor and Society.....The Role of the Church in Society . . .....Messages of Pope John Paul II to the U.S. Bishops on Ad limina apostolorum visits to Rome . . . . Ten Reflections on the Holy Father's Encyclical Evangelium Vitae:.....Church Believes that human life, however weak, is gift from God by Cardinal A. Lopez Trujillo, Pres. Of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Technological man has neglected moral sense that underlies culture by Fr. Abelardo Lobato, OP; Lack of objective moral anchor leads to abuse of political power by Livio Melina, published in L'Osservatore Romano 10 May 1995

Mondragon Pastor Made Ideas Real short article on Fr. Don Jose Maria Arrizmendi-Arrieta, and the Mondragon cooperativemovement.

The Moral Dimensions of Publius' Statecraft Kenneth L. Grasso, demonstrates that the Founding Fathers of the US insisted that a virtuous populace was indispensable to the success of the US constitutional system. Debunks the erroneous position taken by George Will in his book Statecraft as Soulcraft which was that the US Founding Fathers disregarded morality in their government institutions and political teachings.

Natural Law Study Center a think tank for the discussion of universal truth, bringing together Catholics and non-Catholics who seek to explore objective truth and meaning in human existence.

Not a Minimum Wage, but a "Living Wage" Our Sunday Visitor article on the importance of a living wage, not just a minimum wage.

One Love and Catholic Social Teaching the "great commandment", a short essay from the Sedaqah Catholic justice site.

ONLINE RESOURCES regarding Catholic Social Thought -- prepared by Professor Joseph M. Incandela, St. Mary's College, for his Religious Studies 240 class. Pretty comprehensive.

Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan, a people's forum for contextual theologies, "maktaba" is an Arabic word used in Urdu, Pakistan's national language, that refers to a school of thought with a particular perspective and a solidarity group of like-minded people. "Anaveem" is a Hebrew word referring to the lowest and least class and category of people, living at the lowest strata of society, oppressed, but praying and crying for justice. Organized 1989. A lay apostolate, functioning in association with the Catholic Church, Executive Board has representatives from the Archdiocese of Lahore, the Conference of Major Religious Superiors, and the Episcopal Commission for Laity. Objectives and Means

Papers from the International Maronite Congress, including the role of Maronites on the International Humanitarian scene, post-occupation decision making in the Republic of Lebanon, Situation and Role of Maronites, Critical Dilemmas in a post-war era, very interesting stuff.

The Pig Economy by Rupert Ederer, "Now we have a growing class of people who must combine two or more incomes to survive. . . even those who are lucky enough to earn a paltry seven or eight dollar an hour cannot begin to support comfortably a worker and his wife and children.

Pope John Center for the Study of Ethics in Health Care, an institute faithful to the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church which engages in research and education in biomedical ethics and publishes ethics studies in health care.

Poverty and Christianity by Sr. Mary Scullion, presentation at Penn Newman Center, 1992

Prayer and Suffering Fr. John Hardon, SJ.

The Promises of Centesimus Annus, originally published in September 1991 issue of Lay Witness (Catholics United for the Faith).

Public Virtue and Political Protest: the Case of William Samuel Johnson Dr. Robert Cuervo, finds striking similarities between the works of St. Thomas Aquinas and William Samuel Johnson (US "Founding Father"), on the subject of revolt against tyrants. Develops these common insights into concrete advice for the pro-life movement.

Reflections on Catholic Social Justice page from the Sedaqah site with a number of articles regarding this issue.

Religious Freedom: John Courtney Murray, S.J. and Vatican II Fr. Francis Canavan, places the thought of Fr. Murray on the subject of the relationship between Church and State in perspective. Canavan, who knew Murray, says Murray was not writing a theology but a politics and understands the US notion of separation of Church and State as a protection of the Church from the State so that the Church can work unhampered. Discusses the experience of the church in terms of freedom, which has been better in the US than in any thoroughly Catholic countries, where the Church's situation has alternated between privilege and persecution.

Resources for Catholic Educators over 2000 links, including sections on social justice and peace, science and Christianity, and Work.

St. Antoninus Institute for Catholic Education in Business dedicated to saving souls in the workplace and marketplace through word, action, and prayer (hosted in the EWTN site).

St. Catherine Review

Sedaqah , Hebrew word meaning "a way of acting in harmony with the community" "Reflections" page has links to articles and reflections on social justice themes and issues.

Social Justice in the Changing Economic Environment: Enconter or Conflict, from the Winter 1991 issue of Faith and Reason

South Africa's De Beers the Most Unethical Corporation in the World shows how this company defies all standards of business conduct on a grand scale.

Society of Catholic Social Scientists group concerned that the role of faith and Catholic social teaching is under examined (if examined at all) in today's body of social science. Founded in 1992 to challenge this secularized approach by combining objective scholarly analysis with fidelity to the Magisterium.

Spirituality in the Professions and Workplace, by Rev C. John McCloskey, an authentic spirituality for the workplace does exist and is presented in the teachings of the Church.

Synopsis of the Theologica Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Third Way: Is It Elusive or Merely an Illusion? An essay by Dr. Fedoryka on whether or not Centesimus annus indicated a third way between capitalism and socialism. From Winter 1991 issue of Faith and Reason

"The Virtual Franchise", discussion of joint ventures to accomplish cooperative purchasing, marketing and product development, shows some advantages for cooperation instead of competition.

This Rock Magazine Catholic evangelism and apologetics

Toward a Working Definition of Social Justice: Fr. Carmelo A. Tranchese, SJ, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1932-1953. Texas Catholic Historical Society article about a social justice crusader in Texas. He was the first Catholic priest in San Antonio to become involved with the social issues that faced his community during the Great Depression.

Transnational Corporations and the International Economic Order: Reflections on the Bishops' Pastoral Letter first published in Social Justice Review, by Gordon Welty of Wright State University.

Virtue Based Management a review of the book by Jean-Francois Orsini which answers the question, "is there a place in God's plan for business?"

What I Learned About Justice from Dorothy Day by Jim Forest, a former associate of Dorothy Day speaks of her life and its catechesis of social justice.

Which Way Welfare short essay from the Sedaqah Catholic justice site.

Brownson's Quest for Social Justice essay on the religious journey of Orestes Brownson from atheistic socialism to Roman Catholicism. From the August 1954 American Ecclesiastical Review .



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Secular and Non-Catholic Sources

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Corporate Welfare

Corporate Accountability Project access to corporate power information, corporate dirt archives.

Corporate Welfare Information Center massive site with piles of links and information about corporate welfare queens. Charts showing amounts of corporate welfare received and then the amounts given by the corporate welfare queens to the campaign funds of congressional representatives and US senators. Very sad.

How the system works (or doesn't work) and what to do about it. The combined assets of 358 billionaires equal the combined assets of almost half the world's population. The richest 1% of Americans own 40% of all US assets. The corporate share of taxes paid has fallen from 33% in the 1940s to 15% in the 1990s. Individual's share of taxes paid has risen from 44% to 73%. And other such curious bytes of information



Economics [top]

See also these Justpeace Front Pages: Cooperative Enterprise and Microenterprise.

Business Ethics Resources Online directory of various links regarding business ethics. Lots of links.

Child Care Co-ops from the Coop Home Page.

Co-op America major site for information about co-ops in the American economy (also, sweatshop information links). Sections on investments, saving money, planning finances, shopping smarter, building or starting a business, connections with the 50,000 members of co-op America.

Corporate Accountability Project Of the world's 100 largest economies, 51 are global corporations, not countries. "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." Abraham Lincoln, letter of November 21, 1864 to Col. William F. Elkins.

Corporate Decentralization discusses alternatives to transnational corporations, article is by the manager of planning and organization for a large corporation located in Washington State.

Corporate Welfare Information Center finds $150 billion in corporate subsidies and special pleadings. At the end of World War II, the nation's tax bill was roughly split between corporations and individuals. Now corporate taxes have declined to a fourth of the amount individuals pay (US Office of Management and Budget".

Design for a Sustainable Economics there are several models that can be considered.

Economic Choices at a Personal Scale a woman discusses her decision to make three choices: (1) begin paying tithing, (2) leave a higher paying profession and opt for less paying skilled work that allows a slower, quieter pace and more holistic lifestyle, (3) become conscious as she could be of where and on what her money was being spent.

Economics in an Intelligent Universe discussion of alternatives to Marxism and hard-core capitalism, focuses on voluntary cooperation and the cooperative movement, index of several articles, some of which are faith-based, including information about the Mondragon cooperative movement of Spain, which was launched by Catholics and is animated by Catholic social justice teaching (however, this is a secular site).

The Economics of Spirit discussion of values in economic life that are derived from the world's spiritual traditions.

Enabling Employee Ownership an interview with Christopher Makin, policy director of the Industrial Cooperative Association, a non-profit consulting group that provides financial, managerial, legal, and educational assistance to groups interested in employee ownership.



Food Co-ops how to start your own.

From Dismal Science to Joyful Art article that explores how we can reframe our understanding of economics so that it better fits the full diversity of real economic life and so that it can serve as a useful policy guide for building a humane future.

God Speed the Year of Jubilee a biblical vision of Sabbath economics. From Sojourners magazine.

How the System Works (or doesn't work) and What to Do About It frank discussion about corporations and their role in world economies and in the concentration of wealth, considers the problems of corporate welfare. Lots of links, controversial. Should be read with discernment and sifting of the wheat from the chaff. (However, it should also be remembered that in Quadragesimo Anno, Pope Pius IX warned of the dangers of corporations in relation to the concentration of wealth and economic persecution of the poor.)

Living Business directory of articles about business, going into business, righteous livelihood, employee ownership

Sustainable Economics index of articles looking for a "third way" between hard core capitalism and communism.

The Third Way is Here considerations of the economics of the future, discusses the Mondragon cooperatives of Spain, which were Catholic founded and are inspired and animated by Catholic social justice principles.

Thirty-four years of experience with co-op land ownership corporate ownership is only one possibility for economic life, cooperatives are another.

US Census Bureau Report on Income Inequality



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Activist's Center for Training in Organizing and Networking (ACTION) basic training for the political/social/neighborhood/religious activist.

Annual Report of the United States of America prepared by two national reporters. Makes a report on the federal government as though it were a private corporation (has lots of balance sheets and statistics). Very good info here. Highly recommended by the webservant.

Buildings index of articles about design, construction, as though people and nature matter. Thirty ways to get sustainable -- at home. ..... Community Design.....Energy Production and Efficiency

Business for Social Responsibility a membership organization for companies of all sizes and sectors, organizations hopes to help its member companies achieve long-term commercial success by implementing policies and practices that honor high ethical standards and meet their responsibilities to all who are impacted by their decisions.

Civic Idealism the Institute for the Study of Civic Values, net activism, principles, civic network, projects, justice, publications, civic literacy

Famous Philosophers and Discussions About Them list of links to various philosopher web sites and such, all of the biggies are here, including some Greeks, Augustine, some scholastics, Husserl, Leibniz, Hume, Hegel, Kant, Duns Scotus, etc.

Foundation for Ethics and Meaning politics of meaning, corporate social responsibility, strategy, links.

Project Vote Smart tracking the performance of over 13,000 political leaders in the US. Enter your zip code, and get a list of your elected officials for your neighborhood.

Sojourners Magazine non-Catholic, faith based magazine about justice issues.

Statistical Abstract of the United States available in adobe acrobat format, has link to download the reader. Very important info here, statistics, highly recommended.

Strategies and Resources where do we go from here? What can we do, as individuals, and in groups, to be building and life the economic life of a humane sustainable culture?

The US Catholic Bishops and the Pursuit of Justice by Paul Heyne, lecturer in economics, University of Washington, neo-liberal/libertarian critique of the 1986 economic pastoral letter from the US Bishops.

US Census Bureau report on Poverty Areas (areas where at least 20% of the population was in poverty. 52 million Americans lived in such areas. Also studies Extreme Poverty Areas, places where rate is 40% or more.



Global

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Crying for Justice articles on Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador, Guatemala from the Houston Chronicle.

Economic Policy Institute

Fourth World Documentation Project, indigenous peoples' information for the online community. Text library

The Global Context index of links regarding numerous issues relating to a just social order

Global Day for Freedom from Debt non-Catholic, but faith based proposal to forgive the external debts of the poorest countries by the year 2000.

Tibet Online Resource Gathering information regarding the Tibetan Diaspora, conditions in Tibet, access to the Dalai Lama

The Obsolescent Village Reborn there are more than two million villages in the world, and there are some remarkable similarities that cross lines of culture, race, and language. The organization of life and economics is small scale and manageable. There is individual and community self-sufficiency, families are cohesive and interdependent, strong sense of community, large mysteries of existence are important.

International Committee of the Red Cross the ICRC acts to help all victims of war and internal violence, attempting to ensure implementation of humanitarian rules restricting armed violence.

Virtual Library on International Development

The World Bank Home Page official site of the World Bank, this site is full of lots of information regarding economics and international development. Living Standards Measurement Study prepared by the Development Economics Research Group, a study in microenterprise and how it impacts national accounts. Poverty Reduction, 1996-97, a World Bank Report. Workers in an Integrating World 1995 World Development Report. International Finance and Debt: Severely Indebted Low-Income Countries advanced and technical information. Extracts from World Debt Tables





Homeless [top]

Homeless Home Page, Communications for a Sustainable Future, links to various homeless resources, discussion lists, and on-line resources.

Mental Illness and Homelessness, National Coalition for the Homeless fact sheet #5

Who is Homeless? National Coalition for the Homeless fact sheet #3

How You Can Help Homeless Men, Women, and Children National Coalition for the Homeless fact sheet #13



Human Rights [top]

Human Rights Emergencies -- access to biographies of prisoners of conscience, UN documents, human rights issues, debates, and discussions, suggestions for activism, links to on-line resources, links to important international human rights agreements.

Human Rights Information on the Internet (includes relief and humanitarian aid efforts.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library collection of over ninety of the most important international human rights treaties and other instruments, including those of the UN human rights bodies, the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, material from the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Hunger [top]

Bread for the World a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people.

Food First

Global Network on Food Security



Labor [top]

United for a Fair Economy campaign to close the wage gap. The average CEO receives a salary 200 times as large as the average workers. Has an activist cookbook.

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Immigration [top]

Immigration Fall 1996 publications from the Urban Institute.



Life

American Life League



Race [top]

Ethics Updates: Literature on Race and Ethnicity (1) Internet links relating to race and ethnicity, (2) survey of philosophical work on race and ethnicity, (3) summaries of recent articles on race and ethnicity. Cross-section of opinion, conservative, liberal, libertarian.

Excerpts from Slave Narratives first hand accounts of capture, the middle passage, arrival, conditions of life, childhood, family, religion, punishment, resistance, flight, emancipation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Director -- contains primary documents written during King's life and secondary documents written about him.



Poverty and Welfare [top]

Challenging Welfare Myths with the Facts,

The Cyber Herald weekly online news and views on poverty issues.

Ethics Update: Literature on Poverty and Welfare, selected on-line articles and resources covering the political spectrum, left to right (e.g., Atlantic Monthly to the Heritage Foundation; includes section on "selected philosophical literature on poverty and welfare", which is mostly academic work, from liberal, conservative, and libertarian points of view. There's a lot of access to reading here.

Federal Poverty Measure

God-Based Anti-Poverty Program in Dallas

Orwell's Poor and Ours by Robert Lieberman

Welfare Reform and Poverty Links

Welfare Reform a comprehensive page, including links to the actual texts of the congressional laws. Access to sites tracking implementation.



War and Peace [top]

The Case for US Strategic Independence from the Cato Institute, advocating a non-interventionist foreign policy.

The Costs of NATO Expansion What are the Administration and NATO hiding? By Ivan Eland, dirctor of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute, author of the Congressional Budget Ofice report on the Costs of Expanding the NATO alliance.

Mohandas K. Gandhi home page

Organizations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation on-line links to various sites, mostly secular/non-Catholic, maintained by Georgetown U. Broken link



The following sites in this page section have broken links. I am looking for replacements.

Acts of Dignity versus Acts of Humiliation proposes acts of dignity as a response to events such as the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Link broken.

Abortionist admits to the big lie by Mary Beth Bonacci discusses how Ron Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Coalition for Abortion Providers, has admitted to misrepresenting the number of partial birth abortions performed every year. Link broken, looking for replacement.

Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, enclosed contemplative order of nuns with multicultural backgrounds; apostolate of prayer and service., link broken, looking for replacement.

Monastic Topics: Peace, Benedictines, link broken, looking for new Benedictine source.

Black Catholics in the United States, link broken.

Brent Society News an organization for Catholic laity in business and professions. Link broken

Catholic Doctrinal Concordance link broken

How People Integrate Faith and Work report on 1991 study on Personal Needs and Congregational Responses, by the Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy. Results show that laity are very interested in discussing how to integrate faith and work. Link broken

Inherit a Social Conscience article by Canadian Janet Somerville link broken

Liberalism is a Sin published 1886, by Fr. Don Felix Sarda, a priest of Barcelona. Link broken

Mother Teresa: a profile in contradiction by Rep. Dan Schaefer, article in the Denver Catholic Register. Link broken

The Mystery of the Poor, by Dorothy Day article link broken

Nature's Method Web site of Family of the Americas, considers Natural Family Planning. Very comprehensive access. Link broken

Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University link broken

Social Justice -- Senior Studies on-line access to materials regarding racism, human rights, gender issues, homelessness, disabilities, environment, Catholic social justice, religious prejudice. Developed for use by Skutt Catholic High School, a Catholic high school. Has a disclaimer that the school doesn't necessarily agree with the philosophy and mission of all the sites listed. Offers access to a number of non-Catholic sites such as s Red Cross, NAACP link broken.

The True Road to Justice by the Most Rev. Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Denver; discussing the events in Denver relating to the trial of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, teaching about the death penalty. Link broken.

Rural Life, speech by Pope John Paul II to the National Confederation of Farm Owner-Operators, link is currently broken, looking for its replacement.

Christianity and Public Policy and Action: some web resources, links to organizations, left to right. Link broken

Against the Tide: Four Alternative Movements author identifies four important movements of Christian "resistance" that emerged in the last decade of the 19th century to challenge the modern ideology that ignores the poor or considers them valueless; one of them being the movement inaugurated by Pope Leo XIII with Rerum Novarum. Link broken.

Worker Owned and operated various access to the cooperative movement. Broken link.Resources for Education and Organizing, labor related, from United for a Fair Economy. Link broken.

Humanistic Banking access to alternative economic and credit systems. Link broken

Humanistic Economists access to writings and links. Link broken.

Ethic Business an on-line resource for people interested in ethical and environmental business initiatives and the complex ethical and environmental issues that business faces. Link broken.

Dangerous Inequalities: the widening gap between the rich and everyone else, United for a Fair Economy position paper. Too Much a newsletter about excessive income and wealth. Links broken.

New York's Welfare Queens, "welfare reform" for Corporate Welfare. Hilarious comedy. Broken link.

Corporate Welfare Survives Budget Cuts, from the Fair Economy News Service. Broken link.

In Guatemala, telling the truth can be fatal. Column from the Kansas City Star about the murder of Bishop Gerardi Conedara. Broken link

Global Corporate Responsibility broken link

Links to Australian aboriginal issues and sites broken link

Impact Project organization for people with wealth considering donating money to help the poor. Broken link.

Oxford Declaration on Christian Faith and Economics -- issued jointly by more than one hundred theologians and economists, ethicists and development practitioners, church leaders and business managers from around the world. Affirms stewardship and justice as the guiding principles for all aspects of economic life, particularly for the sake of those most vulnerable. Broken link.

A Mayan Struggle access to a recently published book on this issue. Broken link

Access to Chiapas broken link

Islam and Social Justice Page broken link

Jubilee 2000 Campaign building on the work of the Debt Relief Initiative of Misereor (Catholic Aid agency), the Lutheran Church, Bread for the World and other NGOs. Endorsed in the US by the Catholic Bishops Conference. Broken link

Tearfund Christian action withthe world's poor; evangelical Christian site. Good Stuff about global debt issue (basic explanation). Links broken

54 Ways You Can Help the Homeless hyper-book by Rabbi Charles Krolof. Learn about the homeless. What to do when confronted by the homeless. Volunteer to help the homeless. Get others involved. Resources. Index. Broken link

World Wide Web Resources on sweatshops and child labor link broken

Religious Working Group on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund coalition of religious organizations, social justice organization, faith-based solidarity organizations, and social poligy groups. Networking people of faith on issues of global economic justice (non-Catholic/faithbased/many Catholics participating). Has an "Economic Way of the Cross". Moral Imperatives for Addressing Structural Adjustment and Economic Reform Measures links broken.

Real Change Seattle's Homeless Newspaper. This newspaper is sold on the streets by homeless persons as a way to get them involved with an income-earning activity. Broken link

Why are People Homeless? National Coalition for the Homeless fact sheet #1. Finds two major problems: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty. Broken link

Poverty-related Resources from the Institute for Research on Poverty, large number of links

Welfare Reform Watch extensive coverage of current welfare reform efforts at the national, state, and local level. Broken link

Poverty and Welfare Homepage data library, poverty links, text library, message board. Broken link

Annual Earnings at the Minimum Wage Compared to the Poverty Guideline for a Family of Three, 1979-1996 broken link

Euthanasia broken link

Literature on World Hunger broken link

Welfare and Families, from Idea Central brokenlink

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