“We must be involved in politics, because politics is one of the highest forms of charity, because it seeks the common good.” – Pope Francis
How do we as Catholics act as salt and light in the world in a time of complex social problems and polarized politics?
The basic moral test of a society is how the poor are faring, according to Catholic Social Teaching. As followers of Christ who are grateful for God’s love and mercy, we are called to extend Christ’s compassion to the poor. We do this in part through outreach and charity to people who are hungry, homeless, immigrants and others who are suffering. But we also are called as Catholics to engagement with the public issues that shape our society.
Aligned with the vision of the U.S. Bishops articulated in “Communities of Salt and Light,” the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi desires to be a parish that promotes political responsibility among its parishioners. We want to help parishioners be informed and active citizens in light of the values of our faith.
In order to accomplish this vision, we are committed to offering an array of opportunities for parishioners to enter into conversation with others about the values and vision that guide our communities and nation.
The goal of Justice & Peace education is to help the community of St. Francis of Assisi to be better informed about social issues in light of our faith. We aim to:
- Engage in conversations that show respect and mutual understanding among participants;
- Gain a deeper and more informed understanding of particular social issues, particularly about their moral and human dimensions;
- Educate parishioners on how Catholic Social Teaching applies to concrete social issues.
Spring 2013: Community Conversation on Climate Change
Spring 2011: Conversation on Wake County Schools