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Work for justice and peace based on Catholic social teaching is a constituent part of Catholic faith. A number of organisations in the Catholic Church in New Zealand share this focus with Caritas.
Some of these groups, that work for justice and peace on both local and international concerns, are detailed below.
Archdiocese of Wellington
Commission for Justice, Peace and Development
The Wellington Archdiocesan JPD Commission is appointed by the Archbishop. Its role is to assist the Archbishop foster and promote Catholic social teaching, scrutinise the signs of the times and serve the Archdiocese by promoting a greater awareness, understanding and involvement in the area of justice, peace and development.
In 2011, the Wellington JPD Commission organised and hosted the Wellington Archdiocesan Social Justice hui on 27-28 February, which was attended by around 300 people from most parishes in the Archdiocese.
Diocese of Auckland
Justice and Peace Commission
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Auckland Diocese works to support and assist individuals and groups to identify, clarify and address justice and peace concerns. The Commission is chaired by Peter Garrick, and has five sub-committees on Restorative Justice, Affordable Housing, Environment/Sustainability, Human Life, and Social Welfare/Anti-Poverty.
Contact: Mary Betz, Executive Secretary to the Commission: MaryBetz@cda.org.nz 09-360-3037
Diocese of Palmerston North
Justice Peace and Development Commission
The Palmerston North Commission for Justice, Peace & Development provides annual social justice seminars, usually related to the Social Justice Week topic. In 2011 the JPD Commission is planning an election forum at the Palmerston North Convention Centre on September 11.
Contact: Rex Begley, Social Justice coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 06 358 8079 ext 845
Diocese of Christchurch
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace
The purpose of the Commission is to study the teaching of the Church as it bears on society and social questions. The Commission was established by Bishop Meeking in 1994. Members of the Commission are appointed by the Bishop for a two year term. The Commission publishes a newsletter, Dignitas Humana.
Contact: Fr Michael Pui email@example.com 03-366 9869
Pax Christi is the local section of an international peace movement founded by the Catholic Church in France in 1945. They have an office and part-time worker in Auckland. Pax Christi is actively involved in interfaith dialogue, cooperative housing, regional issues including East Timor and West Papua, Treaty of Waitangi issues, human rights and restorative justice.
Contact: Kevin McBride firstname.lastname@example.org 09-377-5541
Wellington Catholic Peacemakers
Wellington Catholic Peacemakers were formed following a conference held to mark the 40th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris. They meet on an occasional basis to discuss social justice issues at the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Tory St, Wellington.
Contact: Fr Rob Devlin 021-250-4721 or John Maynard 027-220-7903
Society of St Vincent de Paul
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international lay organisation which works to promote human dignity through personal contact with those in need. Since 2006 the Society of St Vincent de Paul has worked with Caritas on social justice advocacy, including joint letters and statements on power disconnections, loan sharks and poverty. Caritas and the Society of St Vincent de Paul have also worked in partnership on the emergency response to the Christchurch earthquake.
Contact: Anne-Marie McCarten, National office 04-499-5070 email@example.com
The Catholic Worker movement was founded by Dorothy Day in the United States during the 1930s Depression. There are several Catholic Worker communities in New Zealand, which have a particular focus on action for peace, and community living. The Christchurch Catholic Worker communities produce a newsletter The Common Good which is available on their website.