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“I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice.”
— Isaiah 42:6 (NAB)
LOVE, TRUTH, HONOR
The purpose of the St. Thomas More Center for Truth & Justice, an apostolate of the Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael, is to Advocate, Educate, and to Secure the dignity of the human person for the common good that is "the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily." (GS 26.1)
The common good consists of three elements (CCC 1925):
- Respect for and promotion of the fundamental rights of the person;
- prosperity and the development of the spiritual and temporal goods of society; and
- the peace and security of the group and its members.
The dignity of the human person requires that everyone "be concerned to create and support institutions that improve the conditions of life" (CCC 1926) and that work to create and ensure social justice as a means to secure it.
Justice can be attained only in respecting the transcendent dignity of man. The person represents the ultimate end of society, which is ordered to him:
What is at stake is the dignity of the human person, whose defense and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator, and to whom the men and woman at every moment of history are strictly and responsibly in debt." (John Paul II, SRS 47; CCC 1929)
For a more complete discussion on the Catholic Church's doctrine on social justice see the Catechism (CCC) paragraphs 1928-1933.
The United States was founded upon these principles and is the "final cause", why the United States is what it is, why the founders created this country. This is expressed by the Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
Our Agency will eventually tackle projects of Prison Reform, Abolition of the Death Penalty, Human Rights issues such as torture and treatment of political and war prisoners, and other human rights issues.
Below are the current operational projects (links in the left sidebar menu):
Project Falling Torch
—Discussing the erosion of the traditional and constitutional values that built the United States and the danger posed by liberal progressives who are leading our nation into a transformation not envisioned by our Founding Fathers or by the Constitution.
Catholics Against the Death Penalty (CADP)
—Discussing the history of the death penalty, death methods, the prevalence of the death penalty worldwide, the death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment, and the need to abolish it from civilized society.
—Discussing the Islamic faith and politics that violate basic tenets of Justice, human dignity, and the values of a democratic republic.
Trafficking & Cultural Violence Against Woman
—Related to Islamic, Arab, and other Cultures is the problem of human trafficking, and especially cultural violence against women. This project discusses those issues and exposes the countries, cultures, and people who commit this heinous crime.
Korea: Forgotten Soldiers
—Discusses the injustices and neglect suffered by Korean War Veterans.
(Correct Educate, Reform, Rehabilitate)
—CERR explores and discuss the following issues:
- correct errors in the misunderstandings about crime, criminals, and the penal system;
- correct errors in Societal Understanding and Treatment of Sex Offenders;
- the need to educate the public about the realities of these issues;
- the need for reform of laws and legal philosophies;
- the need to rehabilitate our society to respond with reason with respect to these issues.