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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Refugees and more

Last updated on June 28, 2016

It has been far too long since my last blog. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming demand placed on this Office by refugees seeking Sponsorship for family and friends. I had to meet an onrush of requests when Abdul was in Australia. This actually turned into a blessing in the sense that it became clear that the refugee component of the Office should be restructured to more effectively deal with some delicate matters.

The new procedures that have been put in place have come to look like this; I take the phone calls, arrange the appointments to listen to stories and requests, also showing the way that the Sponsorship process works in this Office. Conversations become an opportunity for consolation, as talk emerges about ‘God with us’, the infinite creativity of God’s Spirit, the value of suffering, and that the God who asks for our best does not demand the impossible. I show visitors just how limited the Office is in helping accommodate their requests, yet we readily...

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Opposition Building to Euthanasia Bill

Last updated on May 17, 2016

Dr. Larry Rados, an emergency room physician at Winnipeg’s Misericordia Hospital, presented an alarming story of what has happened in other jurisdictions that have allowed Euthanasia. Lados’ talk was recorded late last year on DVD and has made the rounds in presentations opposing Bill C-14 a federal government bill that would allow euthanasia under certain conditions. The bill is the federal government’s answer to last year’s Supreme Court ruling that not giving people the choice to end their life assisted by a physician is against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms contained in the 1982 Canadian Constitution.

The session, an initiative of Christ the King Parish, was held May 15 in the church hall.

Lados devotes most of his talk to European nations who have a history of Euthanasia but did include a few statistics from U.S. States, such as Oregon, that have allowed Euthanasia. “Oregon, now has a suicide rate of 35%, the highest in the country,” said Lados in the DVD...

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EWTN to Air Canada’s National March for Life in Ottawa EWTN Global Catholic Network will provide live coverage of the National March for Life in Ottawa, Canada for the third year in a row beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 12, followed by an encore at 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 14. “While Canadian law has continued to embrace the culture of death with its support of abortion for any reason, and by embracing physician-assisted suicide, which will become legal this June, its citizens have responded by increasing their support of the National March for Life,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Last year’s crowd was a record-breaking 25,000, 80% of whom were under the age of 25. EWTN is proud to play a part in Canada’s burgeoning pro-life movement.” This year, EWTN President & Chief Operating Officer Doug Keck will anchor coverage from EWTN’s studios along with EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary Wolfe, while Jim and Joy Pinto, hosts of EWTN’s “At... Read More

REGINA…..Agnes Parisloff has been working  with and for refugees for about 20 years and those years of dedication to others were recognised by the government of Saskatchewan presenting her with the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in an April 6 Ceremony at Government House. “Surprised, honoured and humbled” said Parisloff in an interview with the Prairie Messenger after the ceremony. She was one of 10 people awarded the provincial honour. Part of the Citation for her volunteer medal reads: “The term social justice warrior has become almost pejorative on the internet, but for Agnes it could not be a more apt and warm description. She has worked with the Regina and Area Refugee Support Group since its inception in 2002 and the Regina Open Door society since the 1990s and continues to assist newcomers in the present time.”

“The way to change the world is to give everybody a grandmother like Agnes Parisloff,” said Archdiocesan Social Justice Coordinator Bert Pitzel. “She’s about...

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On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously overturned a legal ban on doctor-assisted suicide. On April 14, 2016, the federal government introduced legisla

Sask Multi Faith Visual Art Project

Last updated on May 3, 2016

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”...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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Version of Catholic Response to Document of Discovery and TN:

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Catholic Response Call to Action:

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