Advocacy for Justice and Peace 

“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”  Mt 5:6


“Social justice can be obtained only in respecting the transcendent dignity of man. The person represents the ultimate end of society, which is ordered to him….  Respect for the human person entails respect for the rights that flow from his dignity as a creature. These rights are prior to society and must be recognized by it….  Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that everyone should look upon his neighbor without any exception as ‘another self,’ above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1929-1931

St. Charles Parish works for justice and peace through a variety of activities:

  • Respect Life Committee
  • Religious Freedom
  • Marriage and Children
  • Immigration Reform
  • Affordable Housing
  • Interfaith Committee

 

“The Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith (9).  In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation… [This obligation] is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do (13).  Unfortunately, politics in our country often can be a contest of powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites, and media hype. The Church calls for a different kind of political engagement: one shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.”  Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, November 2015  

To learn more about current issues and legislation facing our nation and state and our call to responsible political engagement, click on the following links:

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For more information, please contact Anne Marie Kaufmann in the parish office by phone at 703.527.5500, by email at akaufmann@stcharleschurch.org