Thursday, 06 September 2012 08:42
A Respect Life Social Justice Conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Spiritual Life Center.
This year’s conference – open to all in the diocese – will offer a variety of learning opportunities to lead those attending to engage more fully in self-giving love. The day will begin with Mass at 8:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Michael Jackels.
Fr. John Lanzrath will be the keynote speaker. His topic will be, “That is not just!” “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” “Just wage.”
He will talk about how we use the word “just” and “justice” in our everyday language. He will also discuss how, in the midst of many social justice issues that press upon us as individuals, as families, as communities, as a country, we do well to reflect upon what the Catholic Church teaches regarding the virtue of justice.
Bonnie Toombs director of the diocesan Respect Life Social Justice office, will be speaking on how we as faithful citizens can protect the God given right of religious freedom.
Becky Knapp a Certified FertilityCare Practitioner will be presenting on NaPro Technology: A Better Answer to Infertility. The church’s beautiful and consistent teaching provides couples with answers that bring joy in maintaining openness to love and life and respect for the dignity of the human person. New advances in women’s health help find real answers to the question of diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
Tom Racunas director of the diocesan Ministry With Persons With Disabilities, will talk about the need to recognize disabilities as a respect life and social justice issue.
Religious Liberty, our First Amendment Right
In January 2013 we as a nation will observe an anniversary marking 40 years of a culture of death, which began with the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. That decision struck down all state laws restricting abortion. The culture of death today lives and breathes, but as people of faith, we recognize that every person is priceless, since each is a gift from God.
The USCCB has said: “We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.”
(Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 12, 2012)
Want to attend?
The Respect Life Social Justice Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita. The cost of $15 includes lunch and all conference materials. Registration forms can be found at www.respectlife socialjustice.org.