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Monday, 17 November 2014 23:43

Our commitment to justice

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Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150

CRA President Sister Berneich Loch rsm reaffirms the importance of advocacy on behalf of those who suffer discrimination and injustice and the CRA Council's committment to support collaboration among its members in matters of justice and advocacy.

Pope Francis has just released his letter to our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, in relation to the G20 Summit being held in Brisbane. It contains a strong message for leaders about how the Pope sees the responsibility of world leaders to take decisions with a clear and compassionate understanding of the effects these decisions will have in the lives of others, in particular the least fortunate. Pope Francis see has taken strong leadership in advocating on behalf of others.

In the past few weeks I have been involved in several discussions among Religious, and other women and men involved in ministry, about the importance of advocacy on behalf of those who suffer discrimination and injustice in our society and in societies throughout the world. Most members of CRA (perhaps all) emphasise justice and advocacy in their mission statements, and their members make sincere efforts to live out of these stated commitments.

This commitment lies behind CRA having on its staff a CRA Justice Network Coordinator, a role currently filled by Sr Suzette Clarks rsc. Suzette will soon be leaving CRA having been elected to the leadership team of her Congregation. We congratulate her on her appointment and thank her for her achievements through CRA.

The CRA Council is certainly convinced of the need to continue to support collaboration among its members in matters of justice and advocacy. This was also a strong theme in the conversations referred to above, as were the need to educate ourselves on effective advocacy strategies, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the action that we take.

If you have ideas on how CRA can further strengthen its advocacy please feel welcome to share your thoughts with me and the Council.

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