Catholics for Peace and Justice
is an organization of people in southeastern Wisconsin who affirm the Church's teaching on human dignity which upholds a "consistent ethic of life" for all. We are concerned about the state of our nation and world. We see a world threatened by war, terrorism, growing economic inequality, environmental catastrophe, and divisions between religions, nations, races, genders, and ethnic groups. We call on Catholics, and all people of faith, to consider whether their political and economic beliefs and actions are reflective of their faith.
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Updated April and May Events 

St. Stanislaus March 8 Workshop  "Joy of the Gospel" and Catholic Social Teaching  Presentation pdf


"One Human Family, Food for All" 
    Campaign Prayer  More Info...   . 


Featured Book: “Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job” by Kerry Weber, Associate Editor of America Magazine.  This book is a wonderful story of how Kerry attempted to accomplish the Matthew 25 works of mercy within the forty days of Lent. It is an easy read with 25 brief chapters. The author of this book is going to be on Relevant Radio on Sunday, March 2 at 1:30.  You can listen at 100.1 FM or at www.relevantradio.com .

SOA Watch Vigil 2014

Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch "Teach-in and Vigil" participate in the annual School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23, 2014, in Columbus, GA.  SOA Watch-Wisconsin is a grassroots organization committed to upholding human rights and advocating for an investigation into atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. SOA Watch members are available to make presentations related to grassroots organizing, nonviolent social change, justice efforts across the hemisphere, and the experience of being a prisoner of conscience. Speakers can present to student groups or to classes.  Flyer with information on a video about the SOA and speakers.  Information on the SOA Watch teach-in vigil. 

2013 Social Justice Ministry World Cafe Conversation Notes
 are posted here



Winter Farmers Markets - Support your local farmer and the environment Find a listing at the bottom of our EVENTS page




Poverty in Wisconsin

"A Challenge to Our Future" Child Poverty in Wisconsin Report 
Child poverty has grown sharply in Wisconsin in recent years. About one in five Wisconsin children — over a quarter of a million total — live below the poverty line. This disturbing trend is contributing to a host of problems that affect everyone in the state – families living in poverty are not the only ones impacted, entire communities are affected as well.  Review the Report  and Press Release from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
Advocating for Peace, Justice, Human Dignity and the Empowerment of Others
Join with others in our community advocating for the poor and disenfranchised. Advocacy works when we work together.

   Comprehensive Immigration Reform        
 

 APRIL Update


   11X15 for Safer Healthier Communities     
Join the campaign to reduce Wisconsin's prison population to 11,000 by 2015. There are three very good initiatives coming up in the State Senate. Find out how to support them.


  Human Trafficking Wisconsin Catholic            Conference                                                                                     
The WCC submitted written testimony in support of bi-partisan, Senate Bill 492 (Assembly Bill 620 has passed), which would strengthen Wisconsin's human trafficking laws. Among other things, the bill would create a process by which a victim of human trafficking who is convicted of prostitution may request a court to vacate the conviction.  Consider reading the WCC Testimony and contacting your legislators in support. Who Are My Legislators?   Contact info for WCC  www.wisconsincatholic.org  


Following Pope Francis
Pope Francis Visits with President Obama
Quote: "And it isn't just an economic issue, it's a moral issue. I think the Pope was speaking to the danger that over time we grow accustomed to this kind of inequality and accept it as normal. But we can't." President Obama in reference to his discussion, March 27, on income inequality with Pope Francis. The President said he admires the Pope's courage to speak out on economic and social issues.

An Economist Considers Pope Francis’ Critique of Capitalism 
By Jeffrey D. Sachs America Magazine March 24, 2014  In “Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis stated “In today’s world of instant communication and occasionally biased media coverage, the message we preach runs a greater risk of being distorted or reduced to some of its secondary aspects.  In this way certain issues which are part of the Church’s moral teaching are taken out of the context which gives them their meaning…”  This statement is especially true about Francis’ comments on “trickle down” economics.  This article, written from an economist’s perspective, is helpful background for addressing the moral Scriptural foundation of Pope Francis’ comments on our Christian responsibility in our global and national economies.    

“Jesus’ teachings offer good news for the righteous, whether they are the poor and marginalized or the rich who are generous with their bounty. All can find a place in the kingdom. Yet there is little comfort for those who expect that their wealth alone will save them. The story of Lazarus and the rich man is a reminder of the fate of the wealthy who ignore the poor in their midst (Lk 16:19-31). So we should not be surprised by the highly divergent reactions to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation,…“  Read full article