In 2014, CPN began work focused on natural resource extraction and land use, issues of great importance to all of the global locations where CPN has been involved. Conflict and violence have been frequent as parties have struggled for control of the wealth offered by these resources, laborers have faced exploitation and danger, and environmental harm has occurred leading to greater social instability. CPN has attempted to map Catholic engagement on these issues. And in Fall 2015, CPN sponsored a colloquium to invite scholars and experts to craft a strategy for generating theological and ethical study of these issues through the lens of peacebuilding and Catholic Social Teaching. Based on the work of that colloquium, CPN is in the process of executing a long-term research plan to integrate existing research on extractives, relate it to the practices of the Catholic community, and consider it from a peacebuilding perspective. The initiative includes:
- An edited volume, Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology (expected 2021).
- In 2019, CPN hosted a colloquium on Catholic peacebuilding and mining at the University of Notre Dame. Video of the keynote panel is available.
- A three-year interest group convening at the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The interest group sessions will cover 2019, 2021, and 2022 (N.B.: The 2020 CTSA Convention was canceled due to COVID-19).
- A case study on diocesan-level Catholic Church engagement on mining in Colombia, based on Caritas Colombiana's database "Dinámicas de las industrias extractivas en las Jurisdicciones Eclesiásticas de Colombia."
- A case study on Catholic engagement on mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- A pastoral planning tool describing strategies and best practices for peacebuilding in connection with mining.
Research Resources and Documents
Also visit the following sites for Church organizations specifically dedicated to working on issues of extractives in CPN partner areas.
CERN/CENCO: The National Episcopal Conference of Congo's Commission on Natural Resources
Iglesias y Minería: Churches and Mining is an ecumenical group made up of lay groups, religious congregations, and bishops and pastors addressing issues around mining and justice.
REPAM: Red Ecclesia Amazonica, a cooperative commission of bishops' conferences in the Amazon basin that works on issues of environment and natural resources.
Alyansa Tigil Mina: Composed of Non-Government Organizations, People’s Organizations, Church groups and academic institutions, Alyansa Tigil Mina is both an advocacy group and a people’s movement, working in solidarity to protect Filipino communities and natural resources that are threatened by large-scale mining operations.