The role of the Justice & Peace Commission is to encourage involvement by the whole diocese and its parishes in work for justice, peace and care for creation by prayer and action, guided by the Scriptures and Catholic Social Teaching. This includes identification and raising awareness of injustice and its root causes. “Justice and Peace” activities are undertaken in parishes either by groups covering a general range of issues or by groups with a very specific focus, e.g. on the third world, on peace issues, on the environment, and so on. The Commission provides a forum for those involved at a local level in such activities. The Commission also benefits from the active involvement of representatives of CAFOD and Pax Christi. The Commission maintains links with the Commission for Caritas East Anglia and the National Justice and Peace Network.
In 2016, issues of current concern include the mass movement of peoples resulting from conflict and environmental degradation, care for creation in response to the encyclical letter Laudato Si’, Fairtrade, working for peace.
Pope Francis writes:
“An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters” (The Joy of the Gospel,§183)
“Spiritual conversion, the intensity of the love of God and neighbour, zeal for justice and peace, the Gospel meaning of the poor and of poverty, are required of everyone” (The Joy of the Gospel, §201)
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Chair: Deacon John Bell
tel: 01223 503948
Secretary: Bernard Shaw
Tel: (01223) 240207
Treasurer: Arn Dekker
Tel: 01223 861772