Did y’all see that the Holy Father is starting a new series about Social Justice in light of things he’s seen during the pandemic? What a great topic to discuss at our parishes this fall. There’s a LOT in the news right now about social justice that the Church needs to start talking about but many I speak to have no idea where to start. The basic plan: We need to understand what we believe, how to act on those beliefs, and why it’s imperative for our faith. So here are a few resources that are not just ‘based on what’s happening in the news’ but that share the teachings of the faith in a time-honored way, a way to discusses Church teaching based on the previous 2000 years not just 2020.
The Holy Father’s Wednesday Audiences will become a good resource for us. You can watch the first audience at this link. It also includes a summary in English. To see new articles each week as the Holy Father teaches, just bookmark this link from OSVNews!
Some additional resources:
The USCCB has a great, basic, resource about the social teaching of the Church at this link. Each area has links to further reading. The main principals are as follows:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation,
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation
This is also a great book for a group study at the parish about social justice and the saints. While studying social justice might seem very timely right now with the call to work toward racial justice, we are always called keep these seven key teachings in mind as we navigate the world.
One of the hangups Catholics seem to have about social justice issues is that they focus on one forsaking all others. It’s important to remember that we can focus on more than one issue at a time as Catholics. This post from Lauren at Brick House in the City really hits that home for me.
She also has a graphic where she pairs the teaching with the Scriptures, Tradition, and the Saints for each of the areas of Church teaching. Check it out here.
If you’re doing something social justice related in your personal life or your parish will you share it with us?