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Office of Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation, Advisory Board

OPJCC Priority Issue:
Political and Church Systems

"None of us can say, 'I have nothing to do with this, they govern.’  No, no, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability.

Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!" Pope Francis, Daily Homily, Sept. 16, 2013

“We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. 

In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Social Teachings

We urge you to contact your elected officials. Thank them when they work for the common good of all people and Earth. Challenge them when they do not.

CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF of contact information so that you can call, write or email your elected officials.

Political System

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences." Susan B Anthony

Role of History

History has been written by those in power, by the victors or "winners." However, since the 1960s, with the admittance of women and people of color into academia, there has been an explosion of "new" history that has been hidden, forgotten or oppressed. It is in this context that

  • scholarship has broadened and deepened
  • additional information for a more complete history has been discovred
  • some institutional change has occurred
  • roles of women and people of color have expanded

What is a paradigm?

A mental model that shapes everything you think, feel, and do.

Brent & Largent. The Paradigm Conspiracy: How Our Systems of Government, Church, School and Culture Violate our Human Potential. May, 1998.

All of this indicates that there is indeed a paradigm shift taking place in all major institutions.

Church System

"...Since women are becoming ever more conscious of their human dignity, they will not tolerate being treated as inanimate objects or mere instruments, but claim both in domestic and public life, the rights and duties that benefit a human person."
(#41) Peace on Earth, 1963. John XXIII

“The basis of a new social order is a theological revolution.”
Sam Keen, Lost in the Land of Oz by Madonna Kolhbenschlag

"We need to acknowledge this reality without a severe judgement on ourselves, our church, our society. This conviction that women are called by nature and by grace to be significant primary agents of change in all aspects of church and society is a radical new insight not yet fully appreciated." Theresa Kane, 2004

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