Catholic Faith Education Newsletter
January 15, 2004
U.S. Catholic Bishops - Social Development & World Peace - A rich source of documents, articles, news, and links to other organizations.
A new section on the site is of particular interest to educators: A
Place at the Table - Resources for Parishes and Dioceses.
These resources aim at helping reflection and action on this
important message: to be "ever more faithful witnesses
of God's love and justice, protecting the dignity of all God's
children, especially the poor and vulnerable." This page
give access to
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council - Articles on various issues, spirituality, links to other Australian organizations. The site also makes available two brief documents that give a good overview of the development and teachings of the Catholic Church on social Justice: Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching (pdf); Development of the Catholic Church's Thinking on Human Rights (pdf).
CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development in the UK, offers a wide range of free, online and priced resources to support teachers at Key Stages 1-4 and beyond.
Trócaire is the
The Web of the Cross - "This site is a a meditation using the Way of the Cross. Each '"station" is linked to a web site that invites you to a response in faith to the suffering Christ in our global village. Some sites provide a directed mediation with images and music, others take you to a page of links that you might like to explore and reflect on. This series is based on the revised Stations of the Cross released by the Congregation of Rites in 1975. "
Other resources online
Handbook of Catholic Social Teaching
Professor Incandela's "Catholic Social Thought" Online Resources - A extensive and useful listing of annotated links organized by specific ethical issues. Professor Incandela teaches at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame Indiana.
Catholic Social Justice Catholic Social Teaching - An eclectic collection of links, quotations, prayers, and notes on Catholic Social Justice.
Ten Building Blocks Of Catholic Social Teaching - An artcle by William J. Byron from the Magazine America for Oct. 31, 1998. A set of ten "principles that can serve as a table of contents for the larger body of Catholic social teaching."
Peace and Social Justice Ministry, Catholic Diocese of Joliet - Offers a number of useful resources: ideas for classrooms, peace and justice liturgies, information on various issues. Take a look at the very effective FLASH Macromedia presentation called Poverty USA -- Catholic Campaign for Human Development -- A hand up, not a hand out. There is also a quiz based on this presentation. Another section to explore is the Social Justice Resources for Educators component.
People & Priest (no longer online) - The online version of this magazine offers a few articles on Social Justice Issues (a free registration is required):
Papal and Episcopal Documents relating to Catholic Social Justice Teaching - statements relating to social justice by popes, church councils, national bishops' conferences, and individual bishops.
Youth Updates - Articles on Social Justice issues published online by St. Anthony Messenger Press:
The Social Doctrine of the Church - Articles #2419-2425 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catholic Social Justice Teaching - this handy page on the web site of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe sets out the The Six Core Principles of Catholic Social Justice Teaching as well as ethical framework for economic life.
Marygrove to Host National Education Conference to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Detroit, MI--Marygrove College announced that it
will kick off a year-long series of events, which will culminate
in a three-day national conference to focus on the status of education
since Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka. "Revitalizing
the Purpose and Spirit of Education: The Imprint of Brown v. the
Board of Education" will host educational leaders from throughout
the country who will explore educational standards since Brown,
and the needs of schools, teachers, and students in the next 50
years. "There is a great deal of debate about the strides
students have made since the Brown decision," said Alfred
Cooke, Ph.D., dean of education. "We hope to provide a thought-provoking
forum to discuss these differing perspectives, and help develop
a sense of what the future educational landscape can look like."
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Forum Gallery will be presenting for the first time in New York, Nelson Shanks’ Portrait of Pope John Paul II. The portrait was part of a yearlong exhibition entitled "St. Peter's and the Legacy of the Pope" that traveled throughout the United States. Shanks’ likeness of the pope confidently extends a five-hundred-year tradition of papal portraits, informed by the artist’s intense reading of the Old Masters. The painter has rendered with intense insight a towering historical personality near the end of his life, yet a figure who seems altogether contemporary and familiar, a universal father. To see a reproduction of the painting, click here.
A local priest joined a community service club,
and the members thought they would have some fun with him. Under
his name on the badge they printed "Hog Caller" as
Some friars were behind on their belfry payments,
so they opened up a small florist shop to raise the funds. Since
everyone liked to buy flowers from the "men of God,"
the rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair.
He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not.
He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him.
He asked his mother to ask the friars to get out of business.
They ignored her, too. So the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart,
the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade"
them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store,
saying he'd be back if they didn't close shop. Terrified, they
did so, thereby proving (Brace yourself.)
If God hadn't wanted us to sleep, he wouldn't have invented pews.