CATHOLIC CIVICS: Good Government 101
Through its social teachings, the Church has provided guidance for the building of just societies in a very wide variety of forms, suitable for a wide variety of cultural, historical, and geographical contexts. Forms of governance, economic structures, international relations, and mechanisms for empowering each individual to have a voice and to seek truth in their own way are all addressed, so that wherever and whenever we find ourselves, we are not left to grope or wander in the dark.
A primary goal of Catholic Conscience is to bring the values of the Gospel, as reflected in Catholic social teachings, into the center of social discourse. We present seminars and workshops, and publish podcasts, videos, and notes on a variety of topics intended to stimulate discussion and to guide voters and other civic participants in making tough choices. Take a look: if you don’t see what you’re looking for, or have questions, let us know. We are here to help.
COMMON GOOD CATHOLIC
Every month we send subscribers a free copy of the Common Good Catholic, our e-newsletter for Catholic citizens. It includes prayers, the latest updates from Pope Francis, wonderful reading and video content on citizenship and spirituality that Catholics will love, and more!
June 2020 Common Good Catholic (Newsletter) You have your mission: To serve and lead during COVID-19 Dear friends, We hope you’re safe and well as our communities begin to re-open, and life begins to return to normal. We echo Pope Francis’ (always)
June 2020 Common Good Catholic (Newsletter) Thinking of St. Francis, and asking God to make us instruments of His peace Dear friends, I’m sure we all wondered what further chaos and discord 2020 could bring. And of course, 2020 did
Twice a month, Matthew Marquardt and Brendan Steven get together over breakfast and talk about what it means to be a Christian citizen. These are their Conscience Conversations on seeking the common good as Catholics, here in Canada and around the world.
Matt: Brendan, in one of our recent Facebook postings, you posed an important question relating to that most elusive of all Catholic social teachings, the principle of “subsidiarity”— which the official Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church describes
Brendan: “How many saints have we never heard of?” I remember reading that once, Matt, and I’ve been thinking about it lately as we’ve watched the extraordinary heroism of everyday love which has emerged globally with the COVID-19 pandemic. This
PODCASTS AND VIDEOS
Audio extract from May 1, 2019 event – “Responsible Approaches to the News: Conscientious News Consumption”, held at the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto. Original recorded on May 1, 2019.
Video recording from the event “Responsible Approaches to the News: Conscientious News Consumption”, held at the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto. Original recorded on May 1, 2019.