SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Catholic Church has a rich treasure of wisdom about addressing the challenges of modern society. It’s our best-kept secret: Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Everything that we do at St. Anthony is rooted in and inspired by this teaching. The following are the seven key themes of CST:

Catholic Social Teaching Principles
  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person

  • Solidarity

  • Care for God's Creation

  • Call to Family, Community and Participation

  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

We commonly pinpoint the birth of CST as May 15, 1891, which is the date Pope Leo XIII issued his papal social encyclical: Rerum Novarum (The Condition of Labor). Our history of Catholic social tradition, however, has been around for over a millenia. It is rooted in the old testament prophets and the teachings of Jesus. At St. Anthony we lean on both our history of Catholic social tradition, and our 129 years of CST to understand and address today’s social concerns. Continue reading to learn more about the different ways we work for social justice.


 

ADVOCACY

 

“ If exercised with basic respect for the life, freedom and dignity of persons, political life can indeed become an outstanding form of charity.” - Pope Francis

At St. Anthony, we encourage parishioners to advocate for and with communities who are oppressed, disadvantaged, or excluded. We do this by helping the community understand and support causes, proposals, or policies that promote the common good. These efforts include: 

  • Shaping political choices in light of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Educating the community on state and national legislation

  • Providing resources for ways to write and speak with legislators on current bills

  • Promoting the importance of voting and helping increase voter turnout

  • Facilitating civil dialogue on various social issues




 

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ADVOCACY

 

“ If exercised with basic respect for the life, freedom and dignity of persons, political life can indeed become an outstanding form of charity.” - Pope Francis

At St. Anthony, we encourage parishioners to advocate for and with communities who are oppressed, disadvantaged, or excluded. We do this by helping the community understand and support causes, proposals, or policies that promote the common good. These efforts include: 

  • Shaping political choices in light of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Educating the community on state and national legislation

  • Providing resources for ways to write and speak with legislators on current bills

  • Promoting the importance of voting and helping increase voter turnout

  • Facilitating civil dialogue on various social issues




 

GET INVOLVED

MACG

 

At St. Anthony, we empower parishioners to be active participants in the change they want to see within their communities. We do this through a partnership with MACG (Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good), 

Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good is everyday people taking action together for the common good. They develop the diverse voices of our community, building relationships across religion, race class, and neighborhood lines.

Then they unite these new community leaders to build power to make the positive changes we want to see in our region.

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