“We are members of a universal church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world. We are also citizens of a powerful democracy with enormous influence beyond our borders. As Catholics and Americans we are uniquely called to global solidarity.”
National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Called to Global Solidarity, Washington, DC: USCC, #1
is one way we can respond to this call to global solidarity. We share in the core function and mission of Catholic Relief Services through its Fair Trade program, which is initiating, developing, and maintaining the “common good” by applying gospel values to our consumer choices. We’re not just purchasing products, we’re stepping above the typical definition of consumer and entering a network of human relationships which respects the dignity of the person, economic justice, and environmental concerns in ways that are tangible, productive, and fun!
Our parish Fair Trade group; Spirit Trade, organizes Work of Human Hands Fair Trade Sales, promotes sales of coffee and chocolate in our gift shop, and publishes informational articles on Fair Trade.
Solidarity is “a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, the good of all…because we are all really responsible for all.”
Pope John Paul II, On Social Concern, 1987