Contemplating race and violence in America this Independence Day

In the wake of the Charleston shootings, the U.S. bishops released a statement on race relations, invoking their historic 1979 pastoral letter, "Brothers and Sisters to Us." The 1979 letter called racial prejudice a grave sin that "defiles the image of God and degrades the sacred dignity of humankind which has been revealed by the mystery of the Incarnation" and called on Catholics to take "decisive action to eradicate [racism] from our society." more »


A ruling on same-gender marriage

The Supreme Court eliminated the use of quotation marks around the term "gay marriage" last week, legalizing it in all 50 states. Paying homage to the widening appreciation of the case for marriage equality around the world, the Court voted 5-4 to end the patchwork legal status of the practice. The U.S. now joins Canada, which legalized it ten years ago, and Mexico, where the Supreme Court did the same last month. Catholic Democrats president Steve Krueger responds. more »
Catholic Democrats respond to the papal encyclical

"The encyclical will present challenges for all us across the ideological spectrum," said Catholic Democrats president Steve Krueger. "However, what is troubling in this debate is how seemingly well educated people can dispute a preponderance of scientific evidence. To the extent that they do, prudence and care for the most vulnerable dictate that those critics should engage in a constructive debate on the best policies to address our significant ecological challenges." 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)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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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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