OLYMPIA – It’s not too late to join the annual pro-life and social justice events that bring Western Washington Catholics together at the state Capitol.
OLYMPIA – With Democratic majorities in the state Legislature boosted by the fall elections, social justice issues are expected to receive significant attention in the 2019 legislative session.
One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the church is, quite rightly, the 17th-century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety. Spurred by what he took to be the direct prompting of the Holy Spirit, the young Spaniard volunteered to work among the poor in what was then known as “New Spain.” Arriving in Cartagena, he saw the unspeakable degradation of the captives brought in chains by ship from Africa, and he resolved to dedicate his life to serving them.
Church teachings on life and justice are ‘part of an organic whole,’ archbishop says