When the Roman Catholic bishops of the world gathered at the Second Vatican Council, they articulated the Church as “the people of God” – not the pope, not the bishops, not the priests, but the people of God. They further articulated, in Gaudium et Spes, how the Church was to be present in the modern world; and their key was dialogue.
Since 1970, members of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) have been in dialogue with the people of Appalachia. We meet them where they are: in the hills and hollers; in small towns and big cities; in the coal mines, factories, schools; and on front porches. As we listen to their stories, we hear the cry of the poor. In doing so, we hear our own story and that of the planet, indeed, of the entire cosmos.
Now the People’s Pastoral website is a sacred, safe place for you to join us in the dialogue. Here, we gather up that cry and give it a public voice; and we invite you to add yours to it. Do you struggle, too? Are you an advocate for Earth or others not being heard? It’s easy. Tell us your stories. We will share them all through the Pastoral and the People of God will have one voice, a universal echo from Appalachia, that invites the church to respond in action.