Justice and Peace
As people of faith, we have the ability to influence social change through our communities, in the US and in the world. We are to speak out for human dignity and social justice in all forms. We are called to be bearers of the Good News and respond to the needs of people who are bound by poverty, disease, disabilities, war, violence, crime, mental illness , and affects of climate change. Pope Paul VI said "If you want peace, work for justice." We live out our faith by bringing hope where economic and moral factors deny basic human dignity and respect.
The Church serves and stands in solidarity with those who are poor and jobless, helping them break the cycle of poverty and act on behalf of their own families and communities." (Archbishop Timothy Dolan) In our facilities, we see people every day who are struggling day to day to care for their families and themselves. We must strive to promote a public policy that addresses the realities of poverty and looks to create holistic, market based, and results driven reform to social programs.
Human Life and Dignity
Created in the image and likeness of God from the very beginning of time, human life begins its journey on earth from conception until natural death. We are called to be stewards of the gift of life that God has given us. This ethic of life is the thread that unites all efforts to uphold the dignity of life at all stages of existence. Let us embrace this teaching as we continue our efforts in proclaiming the Culture of Life in our time and place.
Marriage and Family
"Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race… It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life. Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family."– U.S. Catholic Bishops, 2009 Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
Persons with disabilities bring gifts and talents that enhance the community. They have the same rights to dignity and life that belong all humanity. They must be allowed equal opportunity to the support systems that help them build their capacity to participate in society. “Persons with disabilities have a right to be at the political table as a result of their God-given dignity.” (St. John Paul II)
"Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In addition, they 'always' have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.” Pope John Paul II, International Conference for Health Care Workers, on Illnesses of the Human Mind, November 30, 1996
Migration, Refugees and Immigration
"The Catholic Church has historically held a strong interest in immigration and how public policy affects immigrants seeking a new life in the United States. Based on Scriptural and Catholic social teachings, as well as her own experience as an immigrant Church in the United States, the Catholic Church is compelled to raise her voice on behalf of those who are marginalized and whose God-given rights are not respected." - Learn More at: Justice For Immigrants website
"The quality of a society, of a civilization, may also be judged by how it treats its elderly and by the place reserved for them in communal life. To give space to the elderly is to give space to life." Pope Benedict XVI, 2012