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New Climate Commission
Could Advance Human Dignity,
US Bishops Tell Congress
WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2017  -- The United States should create a commission to combat the harms of climate change and promote human dignity as a whole, the U.S. bishops said in a letter to Congress.


How Should a Catholic
Evaluate Health Care Policy?

WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2017 -- Another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seems on the verge of failure, after three Republican senators stated that they would not support a pending Senate bill. As next steps for health care reform are considered, how should Catholics approach health care policy, according to Church teaching?



Christian Genocide Survivors
Deserve Support and Priority

COMMENTARY, February 20, 2017 -- When I visited Erbil, Iraq, in December with a congressional delegation determined to find out why Christians had often been excluded from U.S. aid programs, Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud of Mosul told us that Americans generally care more about endangered frogs than about endangered Christian communities. 


Rueters Columnist Demonstrates
Universal Application of
Church Social Teaching Principles
June 24, 2015 -- Rueters columnist, Edward Hadas, provides a good discussion of principles of Catholic social teaching, in the context of the Pope's new encyclical, "Laudato Si." As one reads, also consider the debt we have to future children in defending their right to be born into a family with their mothers and fathers united in marriage and the debt to current children and young adults to enable them to discover the truth about love, sexuality, marriage and family. The author demonstrates the universal application of principles of social teaching.


Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert circa 1916. Credit: Gobonobo wikimedia commons.Dorothy Day Had Nothing to Say
To This Theologian –
or So He Thought
FORT WAYNE, IN., June 20, 2015 -- Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.


DC Think-tank Finds
Mixed Trends Regarding
American Culture, Family Life
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2014-- (CWN) A new study by the Heritage Foundation finds hopeful trends in some American cultural indicators, but discouraging news on other fronts.


Pro-marriage Culture
Reduces Inequality,
Professor Says
- Church support for marriage among poor and middle class Americans can play a key role in combating income inequality and providing a good environment for children, a sociologist told the U.S. bishops.


Ignoring an Inequality Culprit:
Single-Parent Families
NEW YORK, April 20, 2014 -- Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can't change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn't some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science?


-- Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for those struggling in poverty to Vatican discussions.


-- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said that the Catholic Church’s work in addressing poverty in the United States needs to be made “front and center” in people’s minds.






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