Justice & Peace Scotland

Striving for Social Justice

The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

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Image: 1 Day Without Us - Day of Action

In our latest blog, our Social Justice Coordinator, Danny Sweeney, gives a personal account of the 1 Day Without Us Day of Action in Glasgow on Monday 20th Feb   Read More...

Image: The Continuing Presence of Archbishop Romero

Easter Monday marks the 28th anniversary of the martyrdom of Monseñor Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who once said, ‘as a Christian, I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me I will rise again in the people of El Salvador.’ Rodolfo Cardenal SJ writes about the legacy of Archbishop Romero – very much alive in the Church today.   Read More...

Image: Church Action on Poverty Sunday 26th Feb

On 26 February, raise funds to help transform the church!
This Sunday, we ask: if our churches are to be communities that put the poorest first, how must we change? What must we let go of? What sacrifices are we called to make?  How can we allow God to transform us into what Pope Francis has called a “poor Church for the poor”?   Read More...

Image: Looking for something for your Parish for Lent

A place to call home?‘ a set of six bible studies for small group discussion focusing on a range of issues around housing.   Read More...

Image: Keep Liberia’s illegal timber out of the EU!

Liberia is home to a unique natural treasure: the incredibly biodiverse Upper Guinean Rainforest, home to a crucial population of critically endangered West African Chimpanzees. The country – which is still reeling from a civil war and the Ebola crisis – wants to fight poverty by exporting timber. But given the rampant corruption of Liberia's logging industry, this move could lead to uncontrolled destruction of rainforests.   Read More...

Image: Scrap the 'domestic abuse victim tax' - please sign the petition
Please sign the new petition calling for the UK Government to scrap the ‘cruel and callous’ tax on victims of domestic abuse. The petition calls for the UK Government to remove the 4% collection charge on child maintenance payments that applies to parents using the ‘Collect-and-Pay’ service.
 
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Image: Is this Progress? : Populorum Progressio 50 years on
A conference to mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the papal encyclical Populorum Progressio.

 

Renfield St Stephens Centre.
Saturday, 18th March, 2017.  9 AM - 4:30 PM

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Image: Conference on Populorum Progressio 18th March, 2017. Renfield St Stephen's Centre

 

The programme for the day begins with a morning input by Fr Donal Dorr MD. Fr Donal is a priest of St Patrick’s Missionary Society, and well-known author and presenter. His book Option for the Poor and for the Earth is recognised a classic in its field. Later in the morning, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Fr Donal. 

The afternoon will see Duncan Maclaren KCSC, discuss Integral Human Development and the contribution we in Scotland can make. It also gives us a forum for consideration of the import of the Dicastery for IHD which Pope Francis has created and which came into operation on 1st January this year.

This conference is free and open to all.

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Image: Life after Trident

In our latest blog Frances Gallagher, our Campaigns and Communications Officer gives her thoughts on her attendance at the recent Helensburgh CND conference.   Read More...

Image: Housing: Crackdown On ‘Illegal’ Immigrants Leading to Discrimination Against Ethnic Minority Britons

Foreigners and British citizens without passports, particularly those from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the private rental housing market as a result of the Right to Rent scheme designed to crack down on irregular immigration, according to a new report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).   Read More...



Last updated: 24 February 2017
Image: Church Action on Poverty Sunday 26th Feb

On 26 February, raise funds to help transform the church!
This Sunday, we ask: if our churches are to be communities that put the poorest first, how must we change? What must we let go of? What sacrifices are we called to make?  How can we allow God to transform us into what Pope Francis has called a “poor Church for the poor”?

  


18th March, 2017. Renfield St Stephen's Centre
Image: Conference on Populorum Progressio

 

The programme for the day begins with a morning input by Fr Donal Dorr MD. Fr Donal is a priest of St Patrick’s Missionary Society, and well-known author and presenter. His book Option for the Poor and for the Earth is recognised a classic in its field. Later in the morning, there will be an opportunity for discussion with Fr Donal. 

The afternoon will see Duncan Maclaren KCSC, discuss Integral Human Development and the contribution we in Scotland can make. It also gives us a forum for consideration of the import of the Dicastery for IHD which Pope Francis has created and which came into operation on 1st January this year.

This conference is free and open to all.

Tickets from Eventbrite

  


   


Important Resources


Image: New US Administration

The Sisters of St Joseph of Boston have put together a prayer calendar for the first 100 days of the new administration.

The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. 

Download the calendar here.



Image: Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have said in a new report. The report, entitled Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, has found that more than a quarter of all trafficked children and over 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing at least once in the year to September 2015, while 207 have not been found.

 

Read the Report



Image: Justice and Peace Sunday, 8th January, 2017
Letter to all parishes from Bishop Nolan.

 

In his letter to parishes, Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, President of the Justice and Commission, reflects on the need for peace in our world.



Image: TTIP and trade justice
A resource pack on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for churches.
Produces by Global Justice Now, the pack incorporates prayers, writings and ideas by people from a range of Christian traditions  who share a conviction that trade injustice is a barrier to the fullness of life promised by the kingdom of God.




Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook