The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their place; the roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place. Sirach 10:14

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This week along the way. March 24, 1999 is the 19th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. As we begin these days of the passion of the Lord, we remember that this is not only a historical event far-removed in time and place from the present day, but an on-going reality. On that day 19 years ago in El Salvador, Christ was crucified -- again. Even as these words are written today, NATO and the Serbian government are crucifying Christ -- again. In Iraq, children continue to die as a result of the United States embargo, and Christ is crucified -- again. In Nike's plush corporate headquarters, profits from injustice to wage owners are counted and distributed, and Christ is crucified -- again. In the gold-leaf-ceiling rooms of the World Bank offices, very rich peoples take note of the interest payments they have squeezed from the rice bowls of the poorest of the poor, and Christ is crucified -- again.

"Hearing their voice, the Church must live with the poor and share their distress. By her lifestyle, her priorities, her words and her actions, she must testify that she is in communion and solidarity with them. . . God's grace enables Christians to work for the transformation of the world, in order to bring about a new civilization, which my predecessor Paul VI appropriately called the Civilization of Love. . . " John Paul II, Ecclesia in America, 58, 10

WAR IS THE HEALTH OF THE STATE, a Justpeace editorial on the occasion of the commencement of the United States war against Serbia.

WITH BURNING SORROW, a response to the statement of March 24th of the Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, on the crisis in Kosovo.

Holy Week Home Page . . . . . Justpeace Lenten Pages

Here's what God says about the poor and justice.

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Crossroads. Our weekly featured news, views, connections, networks, links.

Disasters and Emergency Relief. The primary sites are updated daily.

Living on the Earth as if people and other living things mattered. Simple, prudent, and frugal living.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development. Reports, news, views, links, resources, from and about them that's doin'.

World Bank/IMF Watch. We keep our eye on these primary global structures of sin.

Spirituality Source of orthopraxis.

Food Security, a fundamental right, a community duty.

From the Holy Father

Justpeace Crossroads TOP

Three important articles from the March April 1999 issue of the Houston Catholic Worker, published by the Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House. Mark and Louise Zwick give a tremendous witness of the application of the authentic social justice teaching of the Catholic Church, and prophetically call Catholic "neo-cons" such as Fr. John Neuhaus and Michael Novak to repentance for their distortions of the Church's teachings.

Pope John Paul II condemns neo-liberalism is a social sin that cries to heaven, a veritable Syllabus of Errors of neoliberalism/neoconservatism (the terms are synonymous).

Fr. John Neuhaus should withdraw his book, in favor of an authentic interpretation of the Pope's document, Ecclesia in America.

Mexico brought to its knees, editorial from El Observador de la Actualidad, a Catholic publication in Mexico. "Why is it more necessary to keep the bankers, the investors, and the market happy than the millions of poor people in the country?"

A Nike Sneak, from the Nation Magazine, an article about an appalling letter written to the Vietnamese government by a Nike vice president, which expresses admiration for the authoritarian system of that country, and belittles those who were working for just wages at Nike factories in Vietnam and elsewhere.

The Church: called to repentance, called to prophesy, on-line tribute to Oscar Romero.

Voices in the Wilderness, Update Letter, March 22, 1999, a campaign to end the economic sanctions against the people of Iraq.

Nonprofits in Business -- Learning from Practice, main findings of a study on non-profit community enterprises.

Making Many Squirm, article regarding the Pope's affirmation of life.

Poverty and human rights the bases of rights discourse, from a law professor, about the 2 strands of human rights discussion, one emphasizing individual autonomy and the second with a social vision and values and couples economic with political rights.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Dalit Christians of India, under India's caste-based cultures, Dalits are the poorest of the poor, and are subjected to many discriminations. This page reports on their situation, and calls the Church to be true to its teachings and end discrimination against the Dalits within the Catholic and other Christian churches. Grim news is found here.

Caritas Australia, encouraging self reliance, responding to disaster, changing attitudes.

Economy of Sharing, an application of the Church's justice teaching at the grassroots launched in 1991 by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, for businesses to voluntarily share a substantial portion of their profits to help people in need while those in need share their needs giving those with more a chance to help. 750 businesses in 60 countries currently participating.

Franciscan Peacemakers, people seeking to lesson violence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "We are called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way." (St. Francis of Assisi)

Community Development Stories from neighborhood and community centers in New South Wales, Australia.

Iraq History, since the United States government is so interested in killing the poor in Iraq, it seems to me that those who are citizens and voters in this country should know a little more about the history of that country.

Center for Poverty Solutions, Maryland nonprofit promoting innovative approaches to homelessness, hunger, and poverty.

Police and Programs of the National Democratic Party of Tibet, Tibetan government in exile.

Spirituality TOP

Irish Saints, a beautiful page of information about the major Irish saints.

Holy Week Home Page at Justpeace

Justpeace Lenten Pages

Daily Scripture Readings, from the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.

Millennium Moment

Pope John Paul II prayer intentions for March: General Intention: That Christians promote the gradual suppression of the financial indebtedness of the poorer countries, and that the Jubilee Year, in accord with the Word of God, be a year of debt relief and liberation. Missionary Intention: That following on the special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of the Bishops, local Churches announce the Gospel with fearless candor and in a way ever more in keeping with the Asiatic religious world.

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Food Security TOP

Poverty Cookbook, a great on-line cookbook for those who like good but frugal food. Similar in intent to my Better Times pages.

Agropolis, from the Texas A&M University System Agriculture Program, "the place to go for information to help you grow gardens and crops; take care of your pets and livestock, become more environmentally responsible; prepare nutritious meals safely; and other information to help you and your family cope with the everyday happenings in your life.

Consolidation in the Food and Agriculture System report for the National Farmers Union prepared by Dr. William Heffernan, Dept. of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri at Columbia, describes the on-going process of centralization that has brought most of the wholesale food processing and distribution system under the control of a handful of transnational corporations.

To receive a free copy of the Kansas City edition of Better Times, a cookbook and almanac of useful information for poor people, by Justpeace webservant Robert Waldrop, send a large envelope (at least 9" x 12" in size) with $1.43 US postage on it to Better Times Cookbook, 1406 Oakley, Kansas City, MO 64127. (International airmail is generally about US$5.00, international surface mail is generally about $1.63.)

For the sake of profit many sin, and the struggle for wealth blinds the eyes. Sirach 27:1

World Bank/IMF Watch TOP Envy not the lawless man and choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31

International Forum on Globalization, studying the restructuring of human society, finds that it is happening "at tremendous speed, without full public disclosure of the profound consequences affecting democracy, communities, human welfare, local economies, and the natural world."

Sources of information about Corporate Economic Globalization, links and access.

He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a

Disasters and Emergency Relief TOP

They ask their mothers, "Where is the cereal?" -- in vain, as they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers' arms. Lamentations 2:12

ReliefWeb from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Complex Emergencies, information about on-going emergencies and various countries of concern to the humanitarian community. There isn't very much good news here. ReliefNet Home Page non-profit helping humanitarian organizations raise global awareness and encourage support for relief efforts via the Internet. AlertNet, a news and communications service from the Reuter Foundation for the emergency relief community, has press releases from leading relief agencies, expert analyses, reviews of key issues and events, jobs noticeboard. Has a focus page on Kosovo. Direct from the Field, reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian network. DisasterRelief.Org, worldwide disaster aid and information via the internet. Some very sad and tragic stories here.

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+++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department+++US Soyfoods Directory, lots of info and recipes about using the humble soybean. Is there joy in soy? More access to soybeans. Emergency Settlement Project, a study of refugee camps. The Underground Railroad to Financial Freedom, discusses the hidden costs of "two income living".

Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25 American Catholic
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From the Holy Father. . . TOP

"More and more, in many countries of America, a system known as 'neoliberalism' prevails, based on a purely economic conception of the human person, this system considers profit and the law of the market as its only parameters, to the detriment of the dignity of and the respect due to individuals and peoples. At times this system has become the ideological justification for certain attitudes and behavior in the social and political spheres leading to the neglect of the weaker members of society. Indeed, the poor are becoming ever more numerous, victims of specific policies and structures which are often unjust." Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia in America, 56

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Iraq Crisis Justpeace Index Page. Send Email to President Clinton

Roots of the Catholic Worker Movement saints and philosophers who influenced Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin page at the site of Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House in Houston, Texas.

Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice, a Pastoral Reflection on Lay Discipleship for Justice in a New Millennium, from the United States Catholic Bishops. Invites all Catholics to make a justice commitment for the new millennium.

Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you. Sirach 4:28


Previous Editorial commentaries by Robert Waldrop

The Epiphany View from Oakley Street

Election Day 1998 Special Edition

ALL SAINTS DAY Special Edition

+ A LAMENT Concerning the Foreign Policy of the U.S.A.

+ A LAMENT for the SUMMER of 1998

+ Congress, the Presidency, and the Culture of Death

+ President Clinton Should Resign,

+ Works of Justice and Peace

My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood, force not the eyes of the needy to turn away.

A hungry man grieve not, a needy man anger not; do not exasperate the downtrodden;

delay not to give to the needy. A beggar in distress do not reject;

avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn

not your eyes, give no one reason to curse you.

Sirach 4:1-5

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The mystery of the poor is this: that they are Jesus, and what you do for

them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing

and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty

is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor

in giving to others, we increase our

knowledge of and belief in love.

Dorothy Day of New York,

Confessor and Catholic Worker

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you.

Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge.

By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith.

Grace be with all of you. 1 Timothy 6:20-21

What we do here is very little,

but it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. . .

Christ took that little and increased it; He will do the rest.

What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly failing --

but, then so did He; He met with apparent failure on the Cross. . .

unless the seed fall into the earth and die, there is not a harvest.

And why must we see the results of our giving?

Our work is to sow -- another generation will be reaping the harvest.

Dorothy Day.