Church's best kept secret revealed
A new website promising to provide in plain English "almost everything" the faithful wanted know about the Church's social teaching has been launched yesterday by Jesuit provincial, Fr Mark Raper.
The Faith Doing Justice website (www.faithdoingjustice.com.au), launched at Sydney's North Shore, is the outcome of a project developed by Sydney's Loyola Institute and Church Resources.
According to a Church Resources statement, the aim of the site is to provide resources for social justice networks, parishes, schools and people curious about the Church's position on particular social issues.
Launching the online initiative, Fr Raper says Catholic social teaching is not just a theory of justice but a "practical resource" for decision-making.
"It (Catholic social teaching) is a living tradition, passing on the wisdom and experience of generations of Christians who have reflected on their experiences in the light of the Gospel," Fr Raper said.
"We hope that this resource will make our Catholic social tradition more accessible to parishioners and pastoral workers, teachers and students, and everyone who wishes to promote the justice of God's Reign."
The site offers a plain English introduction to Catholic social teaching, considered by advocates as the Church's "best kept secret", on issues of justice in society through three components of a web resource, newsletter and email forum.
These materials dynamically integrate theory and practice in a way that is accessible to non-specialists, according to the statement.
Faith doing justice goes live (Church Resources, Media Release, 13/11/06 - PDF)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Faith doing justice website
Australian Jesuit province
Edward P. DeBerri, James E. Hug, Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret (Center of Concern, 2003)
Catholic social teaching (Wikipedia)
14 Nov 2006