The websites were last updated July 30, 2017.
This web site flows from discussions around the letter of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate: On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth. A summary of the 51 page document is provided by the Vatican at https://zenit.org/articles/vatican-summary-of-caritas-in-veritate/
The discussions followed a Guide for Discussion and Action, as developed by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice at the request of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO). http://www.jesuitforum.ca/content/caritas-veritate-guide-discussion-and-action
The Lamplighters’ Forum work-in-progress aims at further distilling the essence of that Papal Letter, which challenges everyone having connection with Creation and our responsibility to care for all of the human and ecological aspects.
The following downloadable “two-pager” word documents are adaptable as bulletin or web site think pieces. They each identify one area of integral human and/or ecological development. After a brief explanation of the problem (s) the back sides focus on what any faith community might explore and hopefully determine as appropriate for their focused prayers and other actions.
Why Caritas in Veritate: on integral human development in Charity and Truth: This is a two-page summary of the first two sessions of the aforementioned guide which identifies the purpose of the letter. It is downloadable as a Word doc. which can be edited as deemed necessary. It can be used as an insert to a church bulletin or web site. Space is provided at the end of the document for each faith community to identify where its actions, including focused prayers of support, will be concentrated.
When is enough enough: Discusses the need for “de-growth” for ecological sustainability and social equity. Encourages those who identify themselves as “having enough”, enough to “sit on their laurels”, to use their new free time to pray and share their new found gift of “de-growth” with others less advantaged locally to globally.
The World on Spec & Why You Must Care: Deals with the causes of the recent global recession, especially financial speculation and the role that the “Washington Consensus”, the IMF, World Trade and World Bank have played in developing and retaining the economic systems that leave billions destitute and our ecology at great risk. Prayer in solidarity with those identified as seeking to effect economic and financial changes is suggested.
Circling the Globe: Discusses what “Integral Human Development” entails as one’s vocation in the words of Pope Benedict XVI. Actually identifies that the list of volunteers in our communities is extensive…we are a giving people. It also guides the reader on how to become more aware of the global needs in order to select one specific area upon which to concentrate for change, with at least prayers for those actively involved in those areas of human or ecological development.
The Rich, the Poor & the In-Between: Deals with the growing gap between the excessively rich and all others here in Canada. Identifies most Canadians as being somewhere between poor Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-34). This “in-between” status changes dramatically when those same Canadians are compared with the globally dispossessed. NGOs are identified that we can at least pray for if not support in some more concrete fashion.
The Commons: Explains how the seas, the air we breathe, the land we inherit are all part of what humanity shares ‘in common’. Suggests the PEER movement approach to concrete action at all levels possible, from individual to global with emphasis on water conservation, a most precious resource. Similar documents could be developed to focus on the endangered seas and fisheries, the use of bioengineering on food seeds with the resulting disappearance of family farms and even millennial forms of subsistence farming in the South etc.
Making Peace With Nature: Deals with the 7th session of the aforementioned Guide for Discussion and Action. Basically, Caritas in Veritate does not exclude anyone from the call to care for our precious planet and the peoples it supports through the gift of Creation. What is hoped is that each Joe and Jane Pew will not be left on their own in responding to the Pope’s challenge. They should have the local faith community pastoral team and affiliated organizations undertake to channel their overt and spiritual efforts.
The Anglican Church of Canada: The Anglican Church of Canada is committed to working in partnership for creation care and social justice under the various initiatives @ Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice: http://www.anglican.ca/publicwitness/
The United Church of Canada has a comprehensive list of social justice issues that are individually explored on their website @ http://www.united-church.ca/social-action
“The (American mission) of Interfaith Power & Light is a “religious response to global warming” through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all. http://interfaithpowerandlight.org/
The National Preach-In sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light will “help millions of people in the pews understand why temperature extremes, drought, wildfires and “superstorms” mean climate change is with us now — and what we can do to address it.” http://www.preachin.org/
LES FONDEMENTS DE LA PASTORALE SOCIALE AU QUÉBEC The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec has produced this beautiful document based on Caritas in Veritate. We have been unable to locate an English translation so we have posted it below for your perusal and insight. http://www.eveques.qc.ca/documents/2012/1LesfondementsDEC2012.pdf