Nicholas Postlethwaite CP and Austin Smith CP moved to Toxteth, Liverpool, in 1971 as part of a wider Passionist movement to Britain’s inner cities. Their mission was to be in solidarity with the Crucified among us, suffering injustice and deprivation and to "join them in the struggle for life and justice."
Nicholas concludes these powerful narratives this way: "As state and church worry about whether “the centre” is holding – or are things “falling apart” – perhaps there are hints and pointers in the Passionist Inner City Mission which may encourage others to step outside safety zones and rediscover the wonder and beauty at the heart of human mystery. I began this article with an Austin quotation: I conclude it with another from his book Mersey Vespers, page 148: 'Liverpool had this impact on me. It did not offer a new form of ministry. Rather I was offered a new beginning to understand the radical Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth.'”
Read Part I of their story here
Read Part II here
Since publication of the 1985 book from the Center of Concern, Our Best Kept Secret: The Rich Heritage of Catholic Social Teaching, the phrase has been repeated often.
The reality of course is that the Catholic church is deeply blessed with more than 100 years' worth of outstanding social justice and peace documents authored by popes, the second Vatican Council, world synods of bishops and national conferences of bishops. But sadly, these documents, compiled in the weighty Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, "attract more dust than readers." (NCR)
Louisville's Bellarmine University student, Alexander Reeves was given the challenge of encapsulating on a bookmark the "7 pillars" of Catholic Social Teaching. The bookmark is distributed through the campus ministry office. Alexander enthusiastically gives us permission to use this design as we wish. If anyone would like him to help with your project he can be reached at email@example.com
Download a PDF file of the bookmark here