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Social Justice

The following are the primary ways in which the Social Justice Department attempts to respond to the call to be prophetic and witness to transformative action in a highly disillusioned culture, according to the demands of the Social Teachings of the Church as presented in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:

  • Offers various presentations and workshops.
  • Works creatively in ecumenical groups and committees, including Kairos and Restorative Justice circles.
  • Provides the leadership required to shape ‘A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’, an approach designed to assist the Implementation of the Vision of the Archdiocese of Regina. A ‘Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’ replaces the ‘Social Justice in Motion’ conferences.
  • Joins various advocacy and action groups that it might be informed by and give support to secular groups and coalitions who work out of concern for the environment and on behalf of persons who are in need of better support.
  • Participates in the Annual Western Social Justice Conference, a weekend gathering of many representatives from the 18 dioceses in Western Canada, enabling it to work in wider regional social justice forums.
  • Hosts and chairs the three or four commission meetings that take place each year. The Archdiocesan Social Justice Commission is a body made up of two representatives from each deanery. The work of the commission is to pray, offer support and challenge to the Coordinator, provide a two-way line of communication, discuss any current justice issues of regional concern, and assist the department in developing and promoting an annual Archdiocesan or deanery wide Social Justice event.

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The Joint Workshop Was a Success!

Last updated on November 2, 2011

Last Saturday’s joint workshop held between both Social Justice and Development and Peace was considered a success. Eighteen people attended the event which was lead by Armella Sonntag and myself . Everyone seemed to agree it was very informative and resulted in some very thought provoking and  interesting conversations.

Presently I am preparing for tomorrow’s one hour presentation to be given at the Lifelong Learning Centre in Regina from 12am to 1pm. The presentation will be made with Dan Beveridge and will focus on the vision, program and action of KAIROS, both at the national and local levels.

Archdiocesan Social Justice Coordinator, Bert Pitzel and Regional D&P Animator, Armella Sonntag will be co-hosting a Social Justice Leadership Workshop to network, receive basic tools for social justice leadership in the parish and to become familiar with the D&P fall campaign. Assistance will be offered for newly installed social justice chairs. A leadership guide will be supplied. Included in the day’s agenda will be preparation and training for the D&P Fall Action Campaign on small-scale farming and ecological justice.

Saturday, Oct 29th, 2011

9:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

Holy Child Parish

2636 7th Ave. E.


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A movie, a book and a challenge.

Last updated on July 16, 2011

I recently watched the movie The Last Hangman, a story based in part on the autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint, the British hangman who, according to the film, hanged 602 people between 1933 and 1955. He had been able to carry out this life work anonymously until he became a controversial public figure after Field Marshall Montgomery chose him to hang convicted Nazi war criminals. To rationalize his career choice, Albert told himself that the hanging purified the person, making him/her innocent and therefore now worthy of respect. However, Albert admits, "It's not been easy. I've got things in here (pointing to his head), too, that I'd rather weren't there. Oh, aye. I can keep them at bay, but they're waiting for me…waiting for me to let my guard down…waiting all the bloody time." 

Abby Johnson, author of the book UNPLANNED, had worked for Planned Parenthood until October 2009. She later claimed that she resigned after watching an abortion on ultrasound.Johnson, who...

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