Goal III and Its Objectives (¶117-127)
117. Goal III: To foster gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the
family, and the common good of our society, so that our nation may
continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.
This goal follows upon the other two: the appreciation of our faith and
its spread should lead to the transformation of our society. The pursuit
of this goal, however, must accompany the pursuit of the other two
because evangelization is not possible without powerful signs of justice
and peace, as the Gospel shapes the framework of our lives. The
Catholic Church has developed a strong social doctrine concerning the
common good—a tradition based on the proper ordering of society and
supporting the inalienable dignity of every person. In the United
States, this tradition has been cultivated in the advocacy of religious
liberty; the pursuit of social justice, especially for those left out of
today's society; just economic policies; a consistent ethic of human
life; and striving for peace in a nuclear world.118.
This goal means supporting those cultural elements in our
land that reflect Catholic values and challenging those that reject it.
Catholics, who today are involved in every level of modern life in the
United States, have to address our society as a system and also in
The transformation of our society in Christ particularly
calls for the involvement and skills of lay men and women who carry the
values of the Gospel into their homes, workplaces, areas of
recreation—indeed, into all aspects of life.57
This goal requires the strategy of strengthening our
everyday involvement with those in need, of reflecting on the workplace
and media, and of encouraging Catholic involvement in areas of public
policy as a way of having greater impact on society's values.
Goal III entails the following objectives:121. To involve parishes and local service groups in the needs of their neighborhoodPossible Strategies:
122. To foster the importance of the familyPossible Strategies:
- raising of awareness of Catholics of the needs of the poor and marginal;
- prioritization of works of justice and love in our parishes and other agencies;
- organization of the service of almost every Catholic in these works;
- engagement in ecumenical agencies committed to the common good;
- expansion of works of charity and help for the needy; and
- setting of specific targets for parish or diocesan involvement in works of service to meet immediate human needs.
123. To develop groups to explore issues of the workplace and lay spirituality Possible Strategies:
- marriage preparation and support for young married couples;
- family retreats and other religious experiences;
- spiritual, personal, social, and financial counseling for families;
- couple-to-couple faith sharing;
- support groups and networking for families; and
- influencing of social policy to strengthen family life.
124. To encourage Catholic witness in the arts and in the American intellectual communityPossible Strategies:
- workshops on evangelization in the workplace;
- support groups for professionals;
- retreats on the value of work and the ethical/justice issues associated with employment; and
- renewal days organized by and for lay people.
125. To involve every Catholic, on different levels, in areas of public policyPossible Strategies:
- development of the arts as a way to proclaim the Gospel;
- formation of faith support groups for artists;
- promotion of gospel values in Catholic institutions of higher learning; and
- support of campus ministries in their Christian witness to institutions of higher learning.
126. To involve the Catholic Church, on every level, in the mediaPossible Strategies:
- parish education programs with a social justice component;
- study and education about political choices that Catholics make;
- voter registration drives;
- support groups for professional Catholics and other Christians,
particularly in areas of law, economics, and social services; and
- encouragement of lay people to run for and hold public office.
127. To involve Catholics, at every level, in questions of economic systems Possible Strategies:
- development of media plans for evangelization on the national, local, and parochial levels;
- use of audio, video, and videotapes to communicate the Catholic faith to others;
- reflection on Catholics' use of the media in their homes, workplaces, and educational settings;
- formation of task forces of Catholics and other Christians
involved in communications in various regions to discuss questions of
values in the media and the impact Christian people can have on them;
- involvement of bishops and other religious leaders as public
spokespersons of the Church through local print and broadcast media; and
- cultivation of cable television, optical storage, computer, and
other technology for communicating the Gospel and Christian values.
- use of professional resources in the parish and diocese to raise
questions about economic systems and their consequences concerning the
dominant issues of justice, particularly homelessness, social
inequities, educational opportunities, housing and employment, and
racial equality; and
- formation of ministries to deal with unjust economic systems and practices.
- On Evangelization in the Modern World, nos. 70-73; On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, no. 15