Press of Atlantic City today:
The Mission statement of the Social Justice Committee of Our Lady of the Angels Church is to address social justice problems through Action and Advocacy within our Parish, Community, Country, and Beyond.
World Water Day, March 22nd., 2012
Lack of safe drinking water and sanitation is the single largest cause of ilness in the world. The Water for the World Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, would improve America’s ability to improve assistance in deveioping countries to help address this global crisis. Urge your senators and representative to co-sponsor the Water for the World Act (HR 3658/S. 641)
CONSCIENCES FOR FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP AS GUIDING TEACHING IN POLITICAL LIFE
WASHINGTON-In advance of the 2012 elections, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed their 2007 document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, in this coming election cycle and beyond, as the “continuing teaching of our Bishops’ Conference and our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.”
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), joined the chairs of nine USCCB committees in offering an Introductory Note to the document. The bishops discussed this action at their June meeting and authorized it at the September meeting of the USCCB Administrative Committee. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship was approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. bishops in 2007.
“We urge our Catholic pastors and people to continue to use this important statement to help them form their consciences, to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue, and to shape their choices in the coming election in the light of Catholic teaching,” the bishops wrote. “It does not offer a voter’s guide, scorecard of issues or direction on how to vote. It applies Catholic moral principles to a range of important issues and warns against misguided appeals to ‘conscience’ to ignore fundamental moral claims, to reduce Catholic moral concerns to one or two matters, or to justify choices simply to advance partisan, ideological or personal interests.”
The Introductory Note does not modify or interpret the document itself and emphasizes the importance of religious freedom. It raises six “current and fundamental problems, some involving opposition to intrinsic evils and others raising serious moral questions.” These are: abortion and threats to the lives and dignity of the vulnerable, sick or unwanted; threats to Catholic ministries, including health care, education and social services, to violate their consciences or stop serving those in need; intensifying efforts to redefine marriage; unemployment, poverty and debt; immigration; and wars, terror and violence, particularly in the Middle East.
The USCCB is launching a new website for Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/. It will offer a wide range of web-based and written materials and tools to assist pastors, parishes, Catholic organizations and individuals. The document with the new Introductory Note will be available in print by the end of October and is already available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/Forming-Consciences-for-Faithful-Citizenship-2011.pdf
October 19, 2011: “I retain my belief in the nobility and excellence in the human person. I believe that spiritual sweetness and unselfishness will conquer the gross gluttony of today” – Jack London
October 2, 2011: “Of course I believe in free enterprise, but in my system of free enterprise, the democratic principle is that there never was, never has been, never will be room for ruthless exploitation of the many for the benefit of the few” – Harry S. Truman
September 18, 2011: “If we want to build peace for humanity, we have to be able to develop a discourse in which the religious dimensions become an active force for peace” – Jewusit Father Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, Catholic Star Herald