via the Society of Jesus: Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years. All Jesuits were invited to take part and in addition our mission partners. It concluded with a confirmation from Pope Francis in a special meeting with Fr General Arturo Sosa. The Preferences give a horizon,… Read More Jesuits Announce Four Areas of Focus for the Next 10 Years
This talk was given October 1st 2017, at St. Luke’s Parish in Darien, Connecticut, as part of an ongoing speaker series about finding Christ. — Our savior was poor. “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ,” St. Paul wrote, “that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,… Read More Christians Must Reshape How our Culture Views Poverty and the Poor
In a strong display of unity, the chairs of six USCCB policy committees have come together to send a letter to Senators and representatives on the moral criteria they should consider when working on the budget. The message is strong and clear: don’t target programs that serve the poor and vulnerable in budget cuts when… Read More Bishops Unite to Send Strong Message: Don’t Target Anti-Poverty Programs in Budget
Bishop Robert McElroy has a new article at America, in which he discusses faithful citizenship: In Francis’ message he made clear that the core of the vocation of public service, and of all politics, is to promote the integral development of every human person and of society as a whole. It is a vocation that… Read More The Four Preeminent Political Issues Facing the United States
At its core, the whole life movement is dedicated to protecting the life and dignity of all people. It is rooted in a belief in the innate dignity and worth of every single human being. Each human being is a person with innate and equal value, and human life is sacred. From these premises comes… Read More What is the Whole Life Movement?
Recently, the Center for Medical Progress has shed an interrogating light on the “culture of death” by exposing Planned Parenthood for what may very well be the sale of fetal tissue and body parts for research and other scientific purposes. There isn’t much I can add to the myriad of Catholic voices that have spoken… Read More Building a Whole Life Culture: The Culture of Death Includes Poverty, Hunger, Oppression, Exploitation, and Abortion
When it comes to politics, our society is often divided between those who emphasize personal responsibility and those who emphasize our social responsibilities. The former often focus on the cultural factors that tear families apart, while the latter highlight the economic threats faced by families. Within the Church these divisions are seen in the rivalry… Read More How the Church’s Both/And Approach Can Close the Opportunity Gap and Reduce Poverty