Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Parish Racial Justice

The Ignatian Solidarity Network will offer another of its racial justice programs on Wednesday, October 27.
The session will be led by Tom Ulrich, author of Parish Social Ministry and “On Earth As It Is In Heaven.” 
The invitation notes:
Addressing skepticism and resistance surrounding the idea of “social change” is an essential part of social justice ministry. This work requires a solid, thorough understanding of the Church’s teaching on social sin and reconciliation.

Join this session for a directed, interactive conversation attempting to break open Catholic Social Teaching on social sin. You’ll receive resources for your social justice ministry toolbox and fortify your confidence in talking about how social change for justice is a crucial part of God’s vision for a grace-filled world. 
The free event is from 2-3:30 p.m. If you are not available at that time, you can still register and receive access to a recording and resources on the topic. Past programs are available here.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) works in partnership with more than 150 Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes, along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners.
Through in-person and virtual programs and campaigns, ISN provides social justice education grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, and mobilizes more than 20,000 network members to take action on timely issues related to migration, care for creation, racial justice, and criminal justice.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Bishops like new refugee numbers

This week, the chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on Migration commended the Biden administration for increasing the number of refugees that will be allowed into the United States.
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville issued a statement that said, in part, “The last few years have had a devastating impact on refugee resettlement, all while we witness the greatest forced migration crises in decades. We commend the Administration for seeking to reassert American leadership in this area, and we look forward to continued action in support of this goal. We also urge Congress to provide the resources necessary to not only rebuild the Refugee Admissions Program but sustain it for the next four decades and beyond.”
Last week, the Administration announced a Fiscal Year 2022 Presidential Determination (PD) of 125,000 refugees for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). According to a release from the USCCB, “This is the highest PD since 1993 and follows four consecutive years of historic lows. During the previous fiscal year, which ended on September 30, the U.S. resettled only 11,411 refugees out of a possible 62,500, the lowest number in the program’s history.”
The USRAP was created in 1980, and it has received strong bipartisan support ever since. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is one of nine national resettlement agencies that partners with the U.S. government in this effort. 
The USCCB noted that the Catholic Church’s involvement in refugee resettlement stems from the Church’s social teaching on the common good and is consistent with its longstanding role in welcoming newcomers and supporting integration. “In a special way, we as Catholics are called to this ministry of welcome and encounter, through which we express the fullness of the Church’s universality. The bishops of the United States pledge our continued commitment to this work, and we praise the many Catholic organizations, communities, and persons dedicated to what Pope Francis has referred to as ‘a new “frontier” for mission, a privileged opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ and the Gospel message at home, and to bear concrete witness to the Christian faith in a spirit of charity.’” 

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