“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5.24)
The Church receives from the Gospel the full revelation of the truth about man.
When she fulfils her mission of proclaiming the Gospel,
she bears witness to man, in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the communion of persons.
She teaches him the demands of justice and peace in conformity with Divine wisdom
Each of us is called to act justly and peaceably in our own lives within our families, our work and our community. We also have a responsibility where we can to get involved to support justice for all God’s people, particularly the poor and to be good stewards of creation.
As a church then we need to get involved in a whole range of human life issues: from those campaigns against abortion and beginning of life matters, through campaigns to do with childhood and old age, the care of animals, justice, peace and reconciliation in our own society and overseas, plus concerns with environmental resources, bioethical matters and end of life care.
To learn more about catholic social teaching www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk
To encourage and stimulate a real passion for social justice, a Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Team for the Diocese has been formed.
For further information, please contact us at: email@example.com
Recruit people for our Justice peace and social responsibility team.
Are you called to help raise the profile of Social Justice in our Diocese?
If you have
Please consider becoming a volunteer by contacting www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/Frameworkforcollaboration
Building a Justice Peace and Social Repsonsiblity Network
We can have more impact if we work together and share information. List of parish contacts and campiagn groups in the Diocese.
Across the Diocese there are already lots of people taking action and speaking up for justice in their parish and local area. We would like to build up a diocesan network. If you have a social action group in your parish or support a local or national campaigning group, we would be pleased to add you to our data base so that groups with common interests may contact each other.
Please contact us with your details at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFOD Climate Change
As we consider our charitable giving this lent on Fast day perhaps this might also be an opportunity to stand up for justice to bey supporting CAFOD’s climate change campiagn by signing a card.
Much of the information about contact with National agencies is already available on other websites. Here are some websites with the most useful links.
National Justice and Peace Network – links people who have a concern for justice and peace, acts as a hub for the exchange of information, offers support and encouragement for groups and individuals and provides a channel between issues and campaigns
Catholic Social Teaching - seeks to provide inspiration and resources in support of the Church's teaching on social, political and economic issues, informed by Gospel values and the lived experience of Christian reflection
CAFOD is the official overseas development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) - is the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
CBCEW (The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales) - is the permanent assembly of Catholic Bishops and Personal Ordinaries in the two member countries.
If you need other information please contact our JPSR group on JPSR@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk we will try our best to help.
Information Documents and discussion papers
Discussion Resources for Groups
The resources below may be used in discussion groups. We suggest that meetings start with a bible reading and some Church teaching, then with the help of resources publicly available, and your own experience, open a discussion, which will lead to a greater understanding of the issues and how we might be called to action. It is vital that discussion leads to prayer and action. Remember, we are in this together, so even small actions support our desire for justice for all our brothers and sisters.
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