Fratelli Tutti on Governance and Politics

Franciscan Action Network hosted their final panel discussion in their series on Fratelli Tutti with the author of Five Steps to a Positive Vision of Politics, Amy Uelmen, and Catholic University theology professor David Cloutier. The panel discussed how the parable of the Good Samaritan should influence our thinking of governance and politics and how we can formulate a politics that communicates through real dialogue.

US Bishops Largely Remain Silent As Voting Rights Are Attacked

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Brian Fraga in an important report for NCR:

Local Catholic bishops’ conferences in Georgia, Florida and Texas have chosen not to speak out or take positions on the “election integrity” bills that their states’ Republican-controlled legislatures passed this year to impose new voting restrictions, which civil rights organizations say target Black and minority communities.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also declined to directly address nationwide changes to voting rights as at least 18 states enacted 30 laws to restrict access to the vote between Jan. 1 and July 14, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Those laws make mail-in voting and early voting at drop boxes more difficult, impose stricter voter ID requirements and make faulty voter purges more likely.

“The silence is very noticeable, and it’s sad and disappointing,” said Sr. Anita Baird, a member of the Religious Congregation of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary who serves on the board of directors for the National Black Sisters’ Conference.

State legislatures in Georgia and Florida passed and Republican governors in both states signed controversial broad omnibus bills that the Brennan Center and civil rights groups like the NAACP describe as voter suppression laws.

Chris Butler’s Vision for Delivering Real Results for Regular People and Our Communities

Chris Butler, a Chicago native and Christian pastor, has worked in community and political organizing, helped to launch the AND campaign, and is a published author and podcaster.  He is currently running for Congress in the Democratic primary in Illinois’ 1st District. In this episode, he describes why he is running for Congress, his vision for the Democratic Party, ways we can strengthen our democracy, how Christians should approach politics and engage with secular voters, and more.

Co-hosts Kristen Day and Robert Christian discuss the expanded child tax credit and its potential impact, the latest with the Hyde Amendment, whole life victories in Louisiana, and the Whole Life Revolution conference. They also discuss this month’s question of the month: If you’re a feminist, don’t you have to be pro-choice?

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Whose Fault is Antisemitism?

via Unpacked:

While the Holocaust may be over, antisemitism is still very much alive. So, whose fault is it? And how do we address it? The sad truth is that antisemitism has always been spread by offenders across the ideological spectrum. That’s why it is key to focus on the fighting antisemitic ideas and not get hung up on the identities of whoever is perpetuating them. When we learn to rebuke anti-Jewish bigotry no matter who spreads it, we will be one step closer to defeating it.

The Climate Crisis is Already Devastating the Poor

Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Service, writes:

The United Nations’ latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is undoubtedly the strongest warning yet that a failure to address the causes of climate change will be disastrous. No country or state will be spared. It proves what we’ve known for years: Faster and more efficient measures must be taken if we want to see meaningful environmental changes in the next few decades. At the same time, we must do a better job helping those already dealing with catastrophe.

As the head of the Baltimore-based global charity Catholic Relief Services (CRS), I’m alarmed by how fast the planet’s changes are impacting the communities we serve. For example, in Southern Madagascar, families are surviving prolonged drought by eating insects, wilted cactus leaves and wild berries. In Guatemala, farmers in the Dry Corridor are migrating to make money after erratic rainfall and horrendous storms ruined their crops. In communities from the Middle East to southern Asia, the climate crisis has been equally devastating….

For example, the U.S. should significantly increase its support of the Green Climate Fund, which was set up as the primary way for countries to fund climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. A substantial portion of the Green Climate Fund gets directed toward countries most at risk. In August, before leaving for recess, the U.S. House passed its Fiscal Year 2022 State and Foreign Operations bill. Their bill provides $1.6 billion for the Green Climate Fund, in addition to other important climate-related investments, which in total equals $3 billion. We urge the Senate to follow suit and see these investments through.

In the meantime, organizations like CRS are on the front lines of the climate crisis. Across Africa, we work with farmers using climate-smart agriculture techniques. In countries like Bangladesh and the Philippines, we’re helping communities in low-lying areas prepare for storms. In Central America, we’re helping farmers protect their soil and make more efficient use of scarce water. Some of the projects fueling this work are already funded by the U.S. government and other generous donors. Additional investments from the public and private sectors could take these programs to scale.