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.
REGINA………O’Neil Catholic High School Grade 12 student Vida Mackenzy created an art piece in response to reading articles about women captured by ISIS and sold as sex slaves. “Gender equality has been a long lasting battle throughout the ages and is frequently covered up or pushed aside,” she wrote to explain her work. It was enough to impress the judges who awarded her first place in the annual Multi-Faith Saskatchewan Visual Art Project.
The Visual Art Project was established by Multi-faith Saskatchewan in 2010-11 on the theme of Saskatchewan Youth Working Through Visual Art for Peace, Unity and Care of the Earth. This year 47 entries, the largest number since the event’s establishment in 2010-11, were received from across Saskatchewan and 15 were adjudicated by a panel of artists to be displayed at the April 23 event held here at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM). The first 10 received medals and monetary awards and the remaining five received medals and other “in kind”...
About 20 supporters of Regina Pro-Life showed up at Regina MP for Regina Wascana Ralph Goodale’s Regina office to protest Bill C-14 the federal government’s attempt to conform to a Supreme Court Ruling on Assisted Secede. The protest and presentation to a Goodale aid in the office (Goodale was with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Saskatoon) was part of a nation wide demonstration against the bill held on April 27.
Terri Bergen, President of Regina Pro Life, read a statement outlining what are seen as flaws in the Bill but first stating Regina Pro Life’s opposition to the entire concept. “We are opposed to giving legal power to another individual person to cause another person’s death. Death is irrevocable.” Euthanasia is an act of homicide and assisted suicide assists another person to commit suicide, she continued. Bergen also noted that C-14 also allows Nurse Practitioners to approve euthanasia and assisted suicide where other jurisdictions require a doctor’s approval....
Dr. David Sauchyn is a research professor at the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC). He studies climate change particularly as it applies to the prairies and he believes if we are to survive what the current climate trends predict, we need intervention from philosophers and theologians. “Fundamentally it’s going to take a change in attitude where we place more value on human relations, families and communities and less of an emphasis on material things.” Politicians love to talk about economics and technology, said Sauchyn, but they won’t talk about values. Politicans won’t get up at election time and say we have to practice restraint, said Sauchyn, because it means our economy won’t grow. Sauchyn visited the Panama Canal a few months ago and watched huge container ships going through the canal some with as many as 14,000 containers of consumer goods. “Think of all the resources it takes to make those things and transport them.” If we keep using...
Today, the Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-14, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). This proposed legislation, which responds to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2015, will make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal and more accessible in our entire country. The Supreme Court decision and current legislative efforts are in stark contradiction to the endeavours of individuals, families and communities to counteract the dangers and sufferings of suicide – as we have seen this week in Attawapiskat, Ontario.
each human being to live and preserve life. Furthermore, they contradict the fundamental responsibility that human beings have to protect one another and to enhance the quality of health and social care which every human life deserves, from conception to natural death.The teaching of the Catholic Church and the stance of the Catholic Bishops of Canada affirm the...
A group of anti-poverty activists and supporters listed a series of questions they want the public to ask of their candidates for the April 4 Saskatchewan Election. They feel poverty is not getting the attention it deserves from candidates and want the public to bring their issues to the campaign.
The Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry, Poverty Free Saskatchewan and Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH) attended a March 16 news conference to discuss poverty issues and present 10 questions they want asked of candidates for all parties.
The ten questions all start with the phrase what are your party’s plans for: then go into specifics; legislation to ensure provincial anti-poverty strategy upholds social and economic rights Saskatchewan committed to protect under the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; increasing benefits under the Saskatchewan Assistant Plan, the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability and ensure an adequate...
Social Justice Wisdom tells parishes that if they are able to make an option for the poor , they will become more exciting and evangelizing.
Listen to the way Pope Francis frames the above teaching in his Encyclical Evangelium Gaudium:
“Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down, however much it may talk about social issues or criticize governments. It will easily drift into a spiritual worldliness camouflaged by religious practices, unproductive meetings and empty talk.”(#207)
“If anyone feels offended by my words, I would respond that I speak them with affection and with the best of intentions, quite apart from any personal interest or political ideology. My words are not those of a foe or an opponent. I am interested only in helping those who are in thrall to an individualistic,...
Very Reverend Lorne D. Crozon, DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATOR addresses the faithful of the Archdiocese in regards to the Share Lent Campaign.
"Our Share Lent campaign, entitled Create a Climate of Change, invites us on a pilgrimage that takes us out into the world to learn about our sisters and brothers in Haiti, Paraguay, Indonesia and the Holy Land."
Teachers from three school divisions, Regina Catholic, Regina Public and Prairie Valley along with friends, local, provincial and federal politicians took part in a candle light and prayer vigil held the evening of January 27. They gathered first at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on the North side of Wascana Lake and walked down Albert Street to the Legislative building on the South Side of the lake where they gathered for speeches, prayers and singing. All of this in support of the people in La Loche. Juanita Tuharsky, a high school teacher from Regina Public School Division was gratified at the turnout which numbered several hundred people. The short speeches came from teachers and First Nations Elders, not from politicians. After the speeches, participants deposited their candles and tea lights in the snow across the road from the Legislative Building. They then gathered in a huge circle on the road and sang a scripted song together.