Thursday, 6 November 2008

Doing Justice and Peace

Earlier enteries in the blog refer to the Bishops' Synod on the 'Word of God' which has just come to a close in Rome. We await a post-Synodial Apostolic Exhortation - a personal written summary and reflection drawn up by Pope Benedict from all the inputs and recommendations from the Bishops. At the same time we are also awaiting an Encyclical, a papal letter from Pope Benedict on social justice. Undoubtedly both documents will be well worth reading when they emerge either on the Vatican website or in hard copy from the Catholic Truth Society.

An earlier Synod on 'Justice in the World' reminded Catholics that "action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation." (n.6)

Such bold statements do, of course, require that individuals and local Church communities actually make this a reality. There are some who stand out and in English Martyrs, Goring next week they will be celebrating the funeral of Doris Hayes who during her life was a great supporter of justice and peace through her work with many organisations including CAFOD and Action by Christians Against Torture (ACAT) - this latter organisation is a good alternative for those of us unhappy with Amnesty International's current stance on abortion.
Doris continued to write letters on behalf of ACAT well into old age until failing sight eventually prevented her. Please pray that she may rest in peace and that we might like her make action for justice a fundamental part of our Christian life.
'I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.' (Philippians 3:8)

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