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National Organizations

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Contains excellent on many issues of peace and social justice, documents that are regrettably not widely circulated.

Pax Christi - National Catholic Peace Movement
PCUSA strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.

Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good
A non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the fullness of the Catholic social tradition in the public square.

Catholics United
Dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition. We accomplish this mission through online advocacy and educational activities

Call To Action
An independent Catholic movement working for equality and justice in the Church and society, drawing its mission from the US Bishop's 1976 Call To Action conference.

Voice of the Faithful
Provides a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the Faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church. Goals are To support survivors of clergy sexual abuse; To support priests of integrity; To shape structural change within Church.

FutureChurch
A national coalition of parish-centered Catholics who seek the full participation of all baptized Catholics in the life of the Church

Fellowship of Reconciliation
An Interfaith organization that since 1915 has promoted domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience.

Network of Spiritual Progressives
An interfaith organization that seeks to challenge: The misuse of God and religion by the Religious Right, The religio-phobia and hostility to spiritual concerns in some sectors of liberal and progressive culture, & The materialism and selfishness that is the Old Bottom Line of American society.

Tikkun Community
An international community of people of many faiths calling for social justice and political freedom in the context of new structures of work, caring communities, and democratic social and economic arrangements.

The Center for Action and Contemplation
Founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, a training/formation center that serves as a place of discernment and growth for activists and those interested in social service ministries. It is a radical voice for peaceful, non-violent social change and a forum for renewal and encouragement for the seeking individual.


The Abuse Crisis

BishopAccountability.Org
Documenting the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church

SNAP
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is a volunteer self-help organization of survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their supporters. We work to end the cycle of abuse in two ways: By supporting one another in personal healing; By pursuing justice and institutional change by holding individual perpetrators responsible and the church accountable.

Voice of the Faithful
Provides a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the Faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church. Goals are To support survivors of clergy sexual abuse; To support priests of integrity; To shape structural change within Church.

Mary's Hope Workshops
A Christian-based ecumenical organization, not bound by the limits of a specific faith tradition, offering education about healing and recovery from the spiritual wounds left in the wake of profound childhood abuses.


Media

National Catholic Reporter
an independent newsweekly that is frequently the first to report on serious issues important to thinking Catholics and the first place to find open, honest and ongoing discussion of those issues.

America
Jesuit National Catholic Weekly Magazine

Soujourners
Soujourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.

Commonweal
An independent journal of opinion edited and managed by lay Catholics

Ligourian

Oklahoma Independent Media Center
A grassroots, community-based collective striving to provide universal access to news media without corporate filtering, especially coverage of those working for justice and equality in Oklahoma and around the world.


Social Justice

Bread for the World
A nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers.

USCCB Social Development and World Peace
The Bishops National public policy agency

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Helps people to lift themselves out of poverty and invests in the dignity of people living below the poverty line. Our programs support self-sufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent change to their communities.

NETWORK, National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
A progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years.

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Through theological reflection on and systemic analysis of the reality lived and observed by Maryknoll missioners around the world, the office facilitates among Maryknollers, as Catholics and agents of Christís Gospel, a personal and corporate commitment to peace, social justice and the integrity of creation.

The Catholic Worker Movement
The Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person. Over 185 Catholic Worker communities remain committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and foresaken.

Consistent Life - Voices for Peace and Life

Mission statement: We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today's world by war, the arms race, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment, and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a 'consistent ethic of life'.

The Forgiveness Project
Works at a local, national and international level to help build a future free of conflict and violence by healing the wounds of the past. Encourages and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge.


Politics

Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good
A non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the fullness of the Catholic social tradition in the public square. USCCB - Faithful Citizenship
A Catholic call to political responsibility, from the Bishops

Ono's Thoughts - By Ono Ekeh
Excellent reflections from Ono Ekeh, who was fired by USCCB for support of a Catholics for Kerry group in 2004.

Catholic Democrats
Concerned Catholics who share an aversion to the current abuses of US military power, the exploitation of social issues to advance the economic interests of a few, and the misuse of our Catholic faith for political gain.

Catholics for Democracy
An organization that embraces the opportunity our democracy provides to participate in advancing the common good and building a true culture of life. We look faithfully to Catholic social teaching for guidance.

Catholics For Kerry Blog
This site is no longer active, but still exists and has some excellent information.  "This (the 2004) election will mark the completion of the RNC takeover of the U.S. Catholic Church . . . unless Catholics everywhere put a stop to this nonsense, rise up and say, "not so!" The Bishops may hand the RNC the keys to the Church, but they cannot hand over our consciences, nor can they hand over our votes!

Green Dog Democrat
Political satire and more, baby boomer humor, progressive political campaign consulting news

Common Dreams
A national non-profit citizens' organization working to bring progressive Americans together to promote progressive visions for America's future. We are committed to being on the cutting-edge of using the internet as a political organizing tool - and creating new models for internet activism.


Church Reform

Included above in National Organizations

San Francisco Bay Catholic
A progressive Roman Catholic site reinvigorating the original spirit of the Second Vatican Council.

 

Local Organizations

Eastern Oklahoma Pax Christi Community
A community of Pax Christi members and other friends who meet on a regular basis to pray, study and act for peace with justice. We embrace the Pax Christi USA statement of purpose and priorities.

The Epiphany Group
A Catholic interfaith community seeking to explore current issues affecting our Church and personal lives, prayerfully responding to our baptismal call with "fresh eyes, open minds, and changed hearts," by promoting social justice, education and advocacy.

Tulsa Peace Fellowship
Site is currently inactive An advocacy group working to break the endless cycle of violence and retaliation engendered by war, and spare the lives of more innocent people affected by the violence throughout the world.

Peace House Tulsa
Site is currently inactive An incubator for peace and justice, we pursue justice through education and nonviolent action, practicing kindness and compassion for all beings, so that peace may prevail on earth. We operate with volunteers and donations.

Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry
TMM brings together the ecumenical and interfaith communities of metropolitan Tulsa to bring about understanding and cooperation.

Tulsa Interfaith Alliance
A faith-based, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the positive and healing role of religion in the life of our community and nation and challenging those who employ religion to promote intolerance.

Catholic Peace Fellowship of Oklahoma
Supports Catholic conscientious objectors through education, counseling, and advocacy.

Progressive Alliance Foundation
A public advocacy organization committed to advancing progressive, fair-minded and constitutional values throughout the state of Oklahoma.

Peace House of Oklahoma City
A center for education and non-violent action on issues relating to human rights, economic justice, environmental sustainability, and nonviolence.

Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, OKC
Works for justice and peace in the world & promotes environmental sustainability and stewardship. One apostolate is in the area of community and household food security, delivering food to people in need who cannot get to get to a regular food bank.

Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice
The OCCJ, formerly the National Conference for Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America.

St. Joseph Monastery
A community of Benedictine women who seek God through prayer, community life and service, especially to those in need.

Osage Forest of Peace
Previously known as Osage Monastery, this Benedictine community has recently closed. Click here for an article about the closing of the monastery.

Red Plains Monastery
A Benedictine monastic community cultivating balance in our daily life of communal prayer and manual labor, hospitality, celebration and service in our search for God. We call one another to look deeply in to the signs of the times and to respond courageously to any variety of needs.


Peace & Nonviolence

The Institute for Peace and Justice
An independent, interfaith (with Catholic roots) organization that creates resources, provides learning experiences, and advocates publicly for alternatives to violence and injustice at the individual, family, community, institutional and global levels.

United For Peace
A coalition of more than 1400 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.

Center of Concern
A Catholic organization working in collaboration with interfaith networks to challenge structural injustice and promote innovative economic alternatives through analysis, education, advocacy, and capacity building

Christian Peacemaker Team
An international community of people of many faiths calling for social justice and political freedom in the context of new structures of work, caring communities, and democratic social and economic arrangements.

Mennonite Central Committee
MCC seeks to demonstrate God's love by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster. MCC is committed to the biblical vision of peacemaking, motivated by God's reconciling love and grace, human need and a concern for justice.

SOA Watch
An independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, at Ft. Benning, Georgia. under whatever name it is called. In 1989, six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were massacred in El Salvador by graduates of the SOA.

Voices for Creative Nonviolence
A Campaign of Resistance to End the Iraq War and the "Global War on Terror," this group is co-coordinated by Kathy Kelly.

Nonviolent Peaceforce
A nonpartisan unarmed peacekeeping force composed of trained civilians from around the world.

Catholic Peace Fellowship
The purpose of the CPF is to support Catholic conscientious objectors through education, counseling, and advocacy.

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Through trainings, strategic consultation, or joint action, Pace e Bene collaborates with international, national, and local organizations, religious communities, and movements taking nonviolent action to: foster just and lasting peace; champion human rights; challenge the violence of poverty and multiple forms of oppression; and strenthening spiritually-based initiatives for justiice and peace.

The Peace Alliance
Works for a future in which the practical programs and principles of peacebuilding are the bedrock of our personal, national and global interest and investment. Their current focus is the campaign for a cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Their mission is to initiate and support worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders.

Catholic Action Network for Social Justice
A network of progressive Catholics seeking justice both in the Catholic Church and in the world. They are an independent and inclusive organization comprised of both lay and religious seeking to provide an active vehicle to put faith into action.

Fr. John Dear
Rev. John Dear S.J. is a Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist, Organizer, Lecturer, Retreat leader, and author/editor of 20 books on peace and nonviolence.

Benetvision - Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
Encounter the deepest longings of your soul through the works of Sister Joan Chittister.

Pax Romana/Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs
Catholic Social Teaching for the New Globalization


Abortion

Feminists for Life
By far, the best pro-life organization I've come across, providing the feminist case against abortion. They say "Refuse to choose, women deserve better than abortion"

Democrats for Life of America
A national organization for pro-life members of the Democratic party, existing to foster respect for life, from the beginning of life to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.

USCCB Pro-Life Page
Excellent resources from the U.S. Catholic Bishops

Knights of Columbus
List of pro-life web sites


Death Penalty

Catholics Against Capital Punishment
Strives to insure that members of the clergy and laypeople -- both Catholic and non-Catholic -- are aware of, and understand the seriousness of, Church teachings on capital punishment.

Declaration of Life Document
Similar to a living will, the Declaration of Life serves as a means for individuals to express their opposition to the death penalty in a very personal way. The document states in unequivocal terms that the signer does not want the death penalty imposed in the unfortunate event of his or her murder.

Death Penalty Information Center
A non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Since 1976, the only fully staffed national organization exclusively devoted to abolishing capital punishment.

Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Works to end the death penalty in the United States through aggressive campaigns of public education, and the promotion of tactical grassroots activism.

Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
The U.S. bishops renew their call for an end the death penalty in order to seize a new moment and a new momentum. This is a time to teach clearly, encourage reflection, and call for common action in the Catholic community.



HIDDEN Catholic Answers - Karl Keating's site

CA Rebuttals   http://www.aomin.org/Morrow.html

The Catholic Answer - OSV