The Christian community is founded on the love of Christ, who by His Cross, “tore down the wall of separation” and made all one people. Since we are united in Christ, each one of us acknowledges with respect the dignity and equality of every other member, whom we accept as a unique individual.
– Passionist Constitutions #26
The Passionist upholds the memory of Christ who suffered grave indignation by the social powers of his time during the final moments of his physical life on Earth. The Passionist JPIC Office stands in solidarity with all who suffer when their God-given dignity and rights are being violated by policies or cultural attitudes. This support flows from our own Catholic social teaching as well as our own spirituality.
Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is the cornerstone for international law. Click here to read the 30 articles of human rights. Below is a wonderful video on the 30 articles.
The Passionist JPIC office in North America advocates for the immigrant community and supports a comprehensive immigration reform policy that can both uphold the right of the immigrant and their family as well as the security needs of this nation.
In response to this position we work along with the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform and support the Comprehensive Immigration Reform platform that is sponsored by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Torture is a form of violence that deforms and violates the dignity of humanity. The Passionist JPIC Office supports the National Religious Campaign against Torture as a faith based movement that is addressing this issue of violence.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has a Catholic study guide on Torture based on the Catholic position of human rights. Please visit the USCCB Justice, Peace and Human Development site for this resource
The Passionist JPIC office also advocates for those who suffer from racism and discrimination. We advocate for policies and programs that can help heal the racial divide that continues to exist within the fabric of American society. With that in mind we would like to promote the excellent work and resource of racial justice provided by the Applied Research Center.