A Year of Social Justice

In 2012, we promoted a "Year of Social justice."  The resources we compiled remain relevant because for Christians, every year should be a year of social justice.  These days are times of many troubles in these sort-of-united States of America.  Mostly we aren't united these days, we are polarized to the extreme. The voice of our bishops is muddled, confused, tainted with political partisanship. As a group, they are guilty of material cooperation with the objective evil of unjust war. The voice of the Catholic people is also uncertain, weak, and at times one wonders if we worship Christ or America.

The signs of these times call us to more faithfulness to the teachings of the Church, all of them, and in particular, to the Church's teachings on social and political issues. The works of justice and peace are nurtured by the Word and Eucharist and made real by the way we live our lives.. 
Daily reflections on the lectionary readings for Holy Mass,
for preaching -- contemplation -- action! Holy Week
| Lent  | Printable PDF

Read more about the 2012 year of Social Justice and the issues we are concerned about in our
Letter to Clergy, Religious, and Laity. 

Here is a basic pamphlet on the Church's social teachings.  PDF version suitable for copying, featuring one quote from each of the primary documents of the popes on the Church's social teachings.

Outline of the Social Teachings -- sources, foundation, principles, documents, and actions.

The Justpeace document page is a rich resource of links to the documents of authoritative teaching on social issues in the Catholic tradition.

Framework of Issues of VOICE -- Voices Organized In Civic Engagement.
This document is an excellent example of the application of Catholic social teaching to current events in central Oklahoma. VOICE is a coalition of 20+ churches, church organizations, and community groups -- "that have come together out of a deep sense of mission and concern for the pressures faced by families in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. We want to better understand those pressures by asking our own members to talk about the
experiences of their families in the community. Members strive to foster real conversations about real experiences without ideological shouting matches! We want to develop the leadership skills of our own members to more effectively work within the democratic process with civic leaders and public officials on issues of concern to families." This is how to put Catholic social teaching to work.

Publicize this page to your friends with copy-ready flyers (four to a page to conserve paper).

Catholic Social Teaching Website by Thomas Storck -- Mr. Storck has taught history at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, and philosophy at Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania and Catonsville Community College in Catonsville, Maryland. He holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and an M.A. from St. Johnís College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, with additional studies in history at Bluffton College and in economics at the USDA Graduate School in Washington, D.C.  He is the author of three books, The Catholic Milieu (Christendom Press, 1987), Foundations of a Catholic Political Order (Four Faces Press, 1998) and Christendom and the West (Four Faces Press, 2000). His work has appeared in numerous publications and websites in North America and Europe. He served as a contributing editor for Caelum et Terra from 1991 until the magazine closed in 1996 and the New Oxford Review from 1996 to 2006. Since 1998 he has been a member of the editorial board of The Chesterton Review.

Our response to unjust war, 1998 to date

The Works of Justice and Peace, the statement of purpose of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House.

Seven Sermons of Oscar Romero for Lent -- redactions taken from Romero's sermons, arranged as though they were reflections on the Works of Justice and Peace of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House.

Prayer to Fr. Stanley Rother for Social Justice

+ O God, Who by the preaching and teaching of the Venerable Stanley Rother
has given us an example of fortitude in the face of injustice and political corruption,
grant that we who reverence his life and ministry may also imitate
his example of fidelity to wisdom, truth, life, justice, and beauty,
so that we may order our lives and actions in accordance with those truths
and thereby fulfill our responsibility as Christians to protect the common good.
We ask these blessings through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.