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.

The Social Justice Department of the Archdiocese of Regina is staffed by the Social Justice Coordinator, Bert Pitzel, and part time secretary Jo-Ann Selinger.

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December 1, 2011

Last updated on December 1, 2011

Will the Federal Government’s new legislation that seeks to ‘get tough on crime’ make Canada a meaner society as Alex Himelfarb proposes in his article? http://www.themetropolitain.ca/articles/view/987)

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The Church’s social doctrine is an evolving synthesis in which faith, theology, metaphysics and science come together to serve humankind. Not surprisingly, then, Pope Benedict in his most recent Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, warns governments of the dangers of ‘oversimplifying reality in artificial ways’, and that societies must ‘liberate themselves from ideologies’. He points out that such can take place only if societies willingly guide themselves in a process in which moral evaluation and scientific research go hand in hand.

The Church asserts that human action is moral only if it strengthens the solidarity of civil society in anticipation of the Absolute Unity for which humankind has been...

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November 23, 2011

Last updated on November 23, 2011

Thank you Father’s Juanito Vargas, Joy Montiague , Carlos Jimenez , and Louis Kim Nguyen for your participation in ‘A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice held Nov. 19, 2011 in Assiniboia. Father Joy, I know that you literally had to do cartwheels to get back from the Phillipines to be with us. Thank you for your strong commitment to social justice and support of this important gathering.

I say a special thank you to Helene, Brian, Nancy, Peter, Anita and Ian for your presence and superb presentations. You were the heart of the day. What rich witness and food for reflection! While the fruit of your effort won’t be seen immediately, I strongly believe that the witness of your going words to action will motivate others to do so as well.

Thank you especially to Carol. How well you hung in there, taking the ball on July the 14th, but you were able to spike it Sat. Nov 19th. You were asked so often to show remarkable resilience and determination.

My hope is that...

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Blog, Nov. 8, 2011

Last updated on November 16, 2011

On Nov 3, Dan Beveridge and I gave what I considered to be a pretty informative and spirited presentation on KAIROS (local and national) to a group of 25 people who had gathered at the Lifelong Learning Centre. The group seemed interested and appreciative.

What is up next? This Saturday, Nov 12 some very fine folks who make up the Social Justice Commission will spend the day reflecting upon and discussing the D&P Action Program, A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice, as well as the implications of recent CWB developments. I enjoy the Commission Meetings—what better way to spend the day than with special people committed to a life of Social Justice?

On Nov. 19th St George’s in Assiniboia, I will be facilitating theMoose Jaw/ Gravelbourg Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice. What is ‘A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’? Do you want to come and check it out for your Deanery?

A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice

This is a new approach in the...

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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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