Fear of immigrants, and suddenly Britain is leaving Europe

Writes Sr. Maureen Fiedler, "Where are our religious leaders? Indeed, when will the Catholic bishops highlight Catholic social teaching on this question? When will they preach strongly that "welcoming the stranger," is the call of the Scriptures? And do it in a way that attracts media attention? And perhaps speak out in concert with interfaith leaders who share these values?" more »


Non-ruling by Supreme Court upends Obama efforts for immigrants

Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, said that the court's 4-4 decision exposes how current immigration policy in the U.S. "criminalizes and scapegoats immigrants who fight for a better life for their children and families that contribute every day to our economy and communities.” He said the president's immigration plan had been "the result of years of painstaking work and committed efforts by migrant advocates, grassroots organizations, some legislators and the faith community." more »
Fr. Tom Reese SJ appointed head of the US Religious Freedom Commission

Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese will become the first Catholic priest to lead the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan commission that monitors and reviews religious freedom violations around the world, and makes policy recommendations to the Secretary of State, Congress and the president. “World events underscore the importance of this fundamental right," he said. "A key factor in many of the United States' foreign policy challenges, religious freedom is under serious and sustained attack across much of the globe." more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama


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