February e-bulletin 2013

February 13, 2013

“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers.” – Matthew 21:12


This issue of the CCAO e-bulletin we are dedicating to economic justice as it relates to trade policy. Pope Benedict XVI calls us to embrace a new economic vision based in justice: “Today’s international economic scene, marked by grave deviations and failures, requires a profoundly new way of understanding business enterprise.”

Trade agreements have not only further impoverished marginalized communities, but they have also decreased access to life saving medicines, degraded God’s gifts of Creation and the environments where communities live, work, and pray, and diminished individual government sovereignty to govern and protect the common good.

Just as Jesus threw the greedy moneychangers out of the temple, we must oppose trade agreements that put gains for the one percent before the well-being of the common good.

This issue will provide an update on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) and education and action materials related to trade justice. The TPP would be the largest agreement yet composed of 11 countries including countries where Columbans serve such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, and potentially Japan and South Korea. We invite you to join us in working towards economic justice for all God’s people.

In God’s Peace,

Amy Echeverria

CCAO Director
TPP Update from Auckland and Fast Track Renewal on Track for 2013

From December 3rd -12th, Columban Father and New Zealand JPIC Coordinator, Father Michael Gormly, joined other civil society members from around the world to oppose the TPP talks in Auckland. These sessions were some of the least transparent yet. Inside the beltway, the Obama Administration, Congress, and the Chamber of Commerce are at odds on when, not if, “fast track” should be renewed. Read the full update here.

Take Action to Stop Fast Track

Catholic Social Teaching highlights the importance of democratic participation in political and economic institutions to protect the common good. Congress plans to renew fast track legislation to allow Congress to pass agreements without any input on the legislation from members of Congress. Click here to learn more and to send a letter to your Member of Congress opposing fast track renewal.

Educational Resources

Download a flyer on Catholic Social Teachings and the Trans-Pacific Partnership developed by the CCAO here.

Immigration Statement

The Missionary Society of St. Columban is an international Catholic organization committed to justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our faith teaches us that we are one human family and we are called to welcome the stranger (Mt 25:35).

In recognition of the migrants and refugees with whom we live and serve in the U.S. and around the world, Columban missionaries are pleased to see the release of the Senate’s bipartisan proposal on immigration reform and to hear the President’s pledge to address our nation’s immigration system. We are especially gratified to see national leaders prioritize immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and a commitment to family reunification.
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The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) coordinates the Columban Fathers’ Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Ministry in the United States and is responsible for the content of this monthly e-bulletin. For comments and questions, we can be reached at: ccaoprograms@columban.org or 301-565-4547.

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