Partners of US Catholic bishops’ social justice department adjust after layoffs

by | Jul 2, 2024 | Religion

(RNS) — After the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced last week that it would restructure its department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, the department’s partner organizations face uncertainty as they try to discern their next steps without knowing the full impact of the layoffs.“We are hoping that there is some kind of alternative plan to keep the church going, to keep the justice and peace programs going, to keep our advocacy work going,” said Steven Nabieu Rogers, executive director of the Africa Faith and Justice Network.
The Africa Faith and Justice Network focuses on empowering Africans to lead advocacy in their own communities while lobbying on those communities’ behalf in Washington. Rogers described the bishops’ office of international justice and peace as “critical to our work, because we act as that bridge engaging the African church with the American church here.”
Rogers said that the partnership between his organization and the USCCB had allowed the two organizations to share critical information and that the USCCB had used resources to push forward priorities, such as convening African bishops from the Sahel region, that would not be possible for his organization to do alone.
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The Africa Faith and Justice Network focuses on empowering Africans to lead advocacy in their own communities while lobbying on those communities’ behalf in Washington. Rogers described the bishops’ office of international justice and peace as “critical to our work, because we act as that bridge engaging the African church with the American church here.”
Rogers said that the partnership between his organization and the USCCB had allowed the two organizations to share critical information and that the USCCB had used resources to push forward priorities, such as convening African bishops from the Sahel region, that would not be possible for his organization to do alone.
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