Justice and Peace
Ō mātou mahi - Our Mahi
Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appears 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.
- World Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 1971
Justice and Peace Commission
The Justice and Peace Commission, along with Bishop Stephen Lowe and our universal Church, have a vision of action for social justice as integral to our following the Gospel as Catholic Christians. We help proclaim Jesus’ message of freedom and liberation by working for justice in our communities, nation and world. Our vision is shaped by the Scriptures; by a theology of justice, peace and integrity for creation; and by the Catholic social teaching of our Popes and Bishops.
Love – Caritas – is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate#1, 2009
The Commission helps the Bishop promote the social teaching of the Church in the areas of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. The Commission strives to live out God’s love by providing resources for justice awareness; initiating and publicising opportunities for action by parishes and individuals; monitoring public policy and making submission where appropriate to local and national bodies.
The Justice and Peace Commission welcomes you to learn about the Commission and its work, find resources for justice education in parishes, learn about justice issues and link to the work of other like-minded justice groups.
The Commission has working Committees in several areas. Current Committees are shown below.
The Commission also maintains a watch for news on other domestic justice issues and international issues.
This section contains resources for use by individuals and groups interested in Catholic social teaching and social and environmental issues faced by our communities, nation and world.
Files provided are the work of the Justice and Peace Commission, unless otherwise attributed, while external links provide access to other sources of information.
Parish Animators / Facilitators
- Encourage awareness of and action on behalf of justice issues in parishes
- Assist parishes in reflection on justice issues, Catholic social teaching, and in using resources and information provided by the Commission and its Committees, and Caritas
- Bring justice issues identified in parishes to the Commission.
The Commission has held meetings of Parish Animators in Whangarei and Auckland for formation and information. Parish Animators meet twice yearly with the Commission and Committee members for a full morning on two Saturdays each year.