The Justice and Peace Office is the social gospel arm of the Catholic Church, mandated right from the Second Vatican Council. It is inspired by the Gospel and Compendium of the Social Teaching of the Church for the promotion of reconciliation, love, justice, human rights and peace. It operates in 65 parishes in Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi and Butambala districts, through well instituted structures and systems of the Archdiocese of Kampala. It addresses the challenge of society’s inability to effectively prevent and respond to the socio-economic, political, cultural and environmental conflicts, injustices, inequalities and human rights abuses.
Through advocacy, promotion of alternative dispute resolution/mediation, paralegal & legal aid, civic education and engagement as well as counselling, the Justice and Peace Office builds on the resourcefulness of communities, families and individuals and empowers them to effectively respond to the demands for human dignity and enjoyment of true peace. The Justice and Peace Office works for an inspired society enjoying a just, peaceful and charitable environment at all levels and bearing witness to its faith.
The Justice and Peace Office is overseen by a Coordinator, presently Rev.Fr. Cyprian Masembe assisted by Rev. Fr. Julius Bwowe. There is a Projects Officer responsible for the coordination and implementation of projects to strengthen human rights, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, fundraising and proposal development. At the Archdiocesan level, there is a Caritas, Justice and Peace Executive elected to the Archdiocesan Council of the Laity. The Caritas Justice and Peace leaders are elected and hold office for a term of 5 years. This structure flows down to the Basic Small Christian Communities. This creates direct relationships with the families and individuals.
Thematically, the Justice and Peace Office focuses on following areas:
- Preventing and transforming conflicts
- Promotion and protection of human rights
- Deepening Democracy
- Mainstreaming gender, HIV and environment