Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Justice Mission Spreading through Parish Life

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Justice Mission Spreading through Parish Life

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At Joliet, Ill., in the heartland of America, 125 advocates for peace and justice came out on a spring Saturday afternoon to discuss and pray for justice and peace. Here were correctional officers, senior citizens and Catholic activists gathered to share the vision of Bishop Joseph L. Imesch, who established the Center for Peace and Justice for his diocese. I was happy to be asked to speak: It was one of those occasions when you see the church in action at its best.

The theme was the pastoral on violence issued by America's 300 Catholic bishops in November 1994. Copies were sent to every participant. Violence in all its hideous manifestations was on the table -- made more vivid by the hateful and unbelievable events in Oklahoma City.

My address discussed the violence in America that comes from abortion, the easy availability of guns, the belligerence of the United States in possessing 30,000 nuclear weapons, the sale abroad of $32 billion in arms each year and the savage and subtle attack on the dignity of women.

The audience was particularly moved by my analysis of the 16 paragraphs in the statement on women issued by the 34th General Congregation of the Jesuits in early 1995. One elderly lady, with tears in her eyes, confessed to me after the conference that she never thought she would live to hear a document drawn up by the Jesuits that would concede that the subordination of women and the dominance of men had been institutionalized in the world and even in the church. …

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