Publications + Reports

Institute staff and collaborators disseminate their research and analysis and education on Institute core issues of race, poverty, and migration, their interconnections, and Catholic Social Teaching through a variety of publications and reports:

The JustSouth E-News is published in months in which our JustSouth Quarterly is not published, usually six to seven times a year. It usually includes articles by the staff, links to new reports and releases from regional and national sources on race, poverty, and migration, upcoming Institute events, and occasional “action alerts” about pressing social policy matters. View archives »

The JustSouth Quarterly is the principle journal for in-depth research and writing of the Institute staff and collaborators. It reflects our research, analysis and education, as well as content from our periodic conferences and events. View archives »

In addition, the Institute publishes occasional issue papers, the texts of addresses by the staff and colleagues, and JSRI conference documents as free-standing reports to supplement our regular publications. View archives »

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Quarterly: Catholic Social Thought and Solidarity

Solidarity is named as one of the core principle of Catholic social teaching: "Solidarity highlights in a particular way the intrinsic social nature of the human person, the equality of all in dignity and rights and the common path of individuals and peoples towards an ever more committed unity…"

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E-Newsletter: Gutting the Voting Rights Act

On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively gutted the enforcement provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, Attorney General et al.  In the words of Congressman John L. Lewis, who risked life and limb in the struggle for Civil Rights, the Court struck a “dagger in the heart” of the Voting Rights Act.

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E-Newsletter: Minimum Wage: Gateway to Worker Dignity

Why does the Catholic Church continue to support increases in the minimum wage?  Because, as Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton told the U.S. Senate last month, “A just wage is a moral issue…”

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Report: Challenges before Catholic Social Teaching in the 21st Century

It is important to note that, if this is an organic tradition, then there is more to be done. There are a number of questions either not addressed, or not adequately addressed, by the main documents in the tradition or that need repetition because we just don’t “get it.” Moreover, social and economic changes in the future will give rise to the need for new reflection from the perspective of faith.

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Quarterly: Catholic Social Thought (CST) and Subsidiarity

In 1931, in the encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, Pope Pius XI introduced a critically important Catholic social teaching concept, one which has remained current in political debates today.

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E-Newsletter: A Covenant with Creation

Environmental consciousness in the Church received a strong kick-start with Pope John Paul's 1990 World Day of Peace message Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation and in a number of statements from national and regional conferences of bishops in recent years

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E-Newsletter: Christopher Sepulvado’s Execution Halted

On February 7, 2013 Federal District Judge James Brady indefinitely stayed the execution of Christopher Sepulvado because the state of Louisiana failed to provide details of its new execution protocol. At issue specifically is what drugs are utilized, who administers them, and how the drugs work.

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E-Newsletter: Ash Wednesday Execution

DeSoto District Judge Robert Burgess set an execution date for Christopher Sepulvado for Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013.  Sepulvado, 69, has served twenty years on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

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E-Newsletter: Strangers No Longer

The prospect for comprehensive immigration reform appears hopeful in 2013. Not only does 2013 mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark pastoral letter by the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, but when asked about the focus for his second term, President Obama responded, “Fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority.”

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Quarterly: Catholic Social Thought (CST) and Global Financial Systems

In October 2011, the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace applied Catholic social teaching [CST] to global financial systems. [1] The “Note” reiterates four strong CST themes.

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