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Revitalising Catholic Culture and Identity“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel.” (Justice in the World, 1971).

As we engage in a nationwide conversation about the Archdiocese’s second Pastoral Priority: Revitalising Catholic Culture and Identity: My Church, My Parish, My Family, remember that we believe in a God of truth, justice, peace, love, freedom and forgiveness. These values should underpin our lives and inform our actions.

CCSJ has an important role to play in revitalising Catholic Culture and Identity in Trinidad and Tobago and the world. We continue to raise the faithful’s awareness that being a Catholic involves more than going to Church on Sundays, praying or displaying religious pictures in our homes. Embedded in our identity is a love of God and love of our neighbour.

This ‘love’ propels us to challenge injustice wherever it rears its head; to promote integral human development, which, as Pope Benedict XVI said, means the development of all dimensions of a person and of each person; to promote the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person; to strengthen family life; to celebrate diversity and promote equity and equality, the common good and ecology justice. If we are to see, judge and act from a Catholic perspective, we must be aware, not only of our Scriptures, but also of the social teachings of our Church.

Being Catholic means reading the signs of the times and challenging moral relativism and individualism; standing in solidarity with the poor, the socially excluded and the vulnerable e.g. the 43.7 million persons who have been forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide; welcoming the “stranger”; striving to build an inclusive Trinidad and Tobago.

Being Catholic means developing a spirituality of justice and being prepared to use our time, talent and treasure to build God’s Kingdom on earth; it means acting on words in our Scriptures: “…this is what God asks of you; only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.” –Catholic Commission for Social Justice

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