The Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church – (Also-Known-As, Catholic Social Teaching or Social Justice): http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
Trinity Hills is a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, established on March 25, 2011—the Feast of the Annunciation. We are a working farm and a place of prayer, service and hospitality for the homeless. Our efforts are inspired by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day, co-founders of the Catholic Worker movement. Located in unincorporated Greene County, Trinity Hills is about a twenty minute drive from Springfield, MO. Our most recent activities are blogged at www.facebook.com/thills.org and more complete information can be found on our Website: http://www.trinity-hills.org.
If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese, MA, JD
Director, Trinity Hills
Director, Office of Social Ministry
Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
709 S. Farm Road 255, Rogersville, MO 65742-9397
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Policies: Diocesan Norms Regarding Speakers, Awards, Political Activity, and Voter Education
In a letter dated September 1, 2011, and distributed to Priests and Parish Life Coordinators, Bishop James V. Johnston issued “Norms Regarding Speakers, Awards, Political Activity, and Voter Education.” A copy of those norms are below, Only those materials, programs or resources listed as “approved” may be distributed (or presented) by church employees in any context or by anyone on church property, regarding the participation of Catholics in elections, politics and public life.
Awards, Honors, and Invitation to Speakers
Any Catholic entity in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, and any boards / fundraising committees affiliated with them, shall not give awards or honors or host presentations, speaking opportunities or appearances by individuals or organizations whose public position is in opposition to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Due diligence in researching the appropriateness of a speaker or honoree is the responsibility of the sponsoring parish or organization.
Political Activity and Voter Education
Parishes and Church organizations may not endorse, give money or other resources (including offering exclusive use of parish controlled property or resources) to a candidate or political party. Only those programs or voter education materials listed below (or subsequently approved) may be distributed in parishes, schools or other entities of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. Voter registration and “get out the vote” drives can be permissible if truly nonpartisan.
Parishes and Church organizations should avoid any participation in, or authorization of, the distribution of campaign literature or other voter education materials on their property. Political signs should not be placed on property owned or rented for official business by a parish or Church organization.
Issue advocacy campaigns may be permissible if the campaign is conducted in a nonpartisan manner and the position taken is consistent with Catholic teaching and the public policy positions of the Missouri Catholic Conference and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Approved Resources for Promoting Catholic Participation in Public Life
All documents approved by the various congregations of the Vatican as well as those approved or promulgated by the Popes or Ecumenical Councils of the Church. In particular, under this category, the following resources are recommended.
- Caritas in Veritate (In Charity and Truth), Pope Benedict XVI, 2009
- Deus Caritas Est, (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
- “The Participation of Catholics in Political Life,” Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
- “Catholics in Political Life,” Statement of the USCCB, June 2004
- “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” See, http://www.faithfulcitizenship.org/
Latin America: Safeguarding Faith And Cultural Dynamism
Yesterday afternoon Benedict XVI presided at Mass in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron of Latin America. The ceremony, which was intended to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the independence of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, was …
Pope’s Three Wishes For Christmas
Late Wednesday afternoon, 7 December, thanks to a “tablet” connected to the power grid, Benedict XVI lit the largest Christmas tree in the world from the papal apartments. This electronic “tree” is located in the Italian town of Gubbio. Before flipping the switch he addressed …
Divine Revelation Does Not Follow Earthly Logic
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The “tree”, which is made up of an arrangement of coloured …
Preparing For Christmas With A Sober Lifestyle
This morning, the Holy Father addressed some remarks to faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer. He reminded them that the current liturgical time of Advent “highlights two figures who had a pre-eminent role in preparing the way for the historical coming of the Lord …