Integral Ecology | Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Planting Seeds for the Legacy of Laudato Si’

Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded. I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 13-14

In the wee hours of a June morning in 2015, I awoke at 4 o’clock to begin furiously reading Laudato Si’. As a father with young children, giving up sleep is not a choice I made lightly — I was making a commitment! As I began to sift through the text, I could not help but think about how my three boys, ages three, three, and six at the time, would experience the legacy of this document. How would this collection of words influence a new generation to “care for our common home”? After just a few paragraphs, it was obvious to me that Pope Francis was thinking about this, too.

To read the rest of Chris Kerr's reflection, click here.

Center of Concern | Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Stand with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

Stand with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers:

We cannot be bystanders.

Education for Justice urges you to pray and take action for the safety of our immigrant and refugee sisters and brothers. We stand in solidarity with all those who are persecuted and pledge our support to those providing sanctuary for our neighbors in need.

Together, let us recommit to being Gospel people by spreading mercy, justice, and peace.

Center of Concern | Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Education for Justice Presents 2017 Lenten Reflections by Dr. Megan McKenna

Creative Voice Dr. Megan McKenna, renowned theololgian and storyteller, draws upon scripture, oral tradition, and Catholic social teaching (CST) for EFJ's 2017 Lenten Reflections. For each week of Lent, Dr. McKenna weaves together the principles of the common good found in CST. Together, they begin to meld into one deeper theme of Lent: the process of Jesus forming his Community of Beloved Disciples.

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Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jan 29, 2017

New tax and human rights tools

Participation, accountability, transparency and access to information are critical human rights principles that apply to fiscal policies. Likewise, human rights duties of international cooperation and assistance compel states to consider how their tax policies affect human rights beyond their borders. 

The publications “Civil and Political Rights in Tax Policy” and ”Tax Policy and International Cooperation and Assistance for the Achievement of Human Rights,” are the last two in a series of four advocacy tools launched by the RightingFinance Initiative. Completing the previously launched set of advocacy tools, they offer further guidance on the meaning of human rights obligations for making and assessing tax policy.

Click here for all advocacy tools on tax policy and human rights.

Integral Ecology | Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Laudato Sí: A Gift for a New Era

Laudato Sí is Pope Francis’s gift to the world in order to make a new beginning in this most urgent and dramatic hour of history. He makes a powerful statement that we do not have the right to continue imperiously to contaminate and ruin God’s work.

Laudato  is a beautiful gift because it invites us to develop a new way of looking, to see God’s creation as a work of God’s gratuitous and merciful love. If we really believe that we are created in the image and likeness of God, then we can express this deep respect, care, and reverence for all the beings of creation – not so much as resources in relation to our human interests – but rather as creatures of God’s love, and deserving of our love, too, in acknowledgment that “every creature has its own value and significance” (76). God creates as an act of love so that “every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who [sic] gives it its place in the world. Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, God enfolds it with his affection” (77).

To read the rest of María Laura's blog in English and Spanish, click here.