The plague of gun violence

CACG board member Benjamin Palumbo addresses the plague of gun violence in the United States and the need of our elected officials on the federal and local levels to start acting on this epidemic.

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Christian joy in paying taxes

Today we feature an article by Shannon Hughes of NETWORK on why Christians should experience joy in participating in Tax Day today. Be sure to check out NETWORK's campaign to show taxpayer pride through these next few weeks.

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This Holy Week, it's time to wake up

For Holy Week and the final week of the CACG Daily Lenten Reflection Series, we will feature reflections by Christopher Hale, the executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

As we enter more fully into this most climatic week of the Christian calendar, we are reminded in today's Gospel that a true conversion happens from the inside out.
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A priest reflects on the Catholic moment on immigration reform

Today we feature a reflection by Father Clete Kiley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, on his experience at the Bishops on the Border mass last week. In his 39 years as a priest he has served in many capacities including work as a pastor of a large immigrant parish in Chicago, and as a staff member at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. On July 1, 2010 he assumed responsibility as the Director for Immigration Policy for UNITE HERE.

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Standing up against the Ryan budget

For months now, the media has talked about how Paul Ryan has made a shift on addressing poverty, partly inspired by Pope Francis's example. Unfortunately, his budget released this past week is just more of the same. For the fourth straight year, Representative Ryan's plan attempts to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.

The Catholic Church is clear: the budget is a moral document that expresses the priorities of a nation. Ryan's budget cuts funding from programs that serve the poor, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest of Americans.

Therefore, today we asked our membership sign on to this letter to Representative Ryan asking him to change priorities, and pass a budget that better serves the poorest in our midst.

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Cardinal O'Malley and bishops show that there is no border in Jesus Christ

Catholics around the nation applaud the tremendous courage shown by Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O'Malley and the seven bishops who participated in today's Mass and rally on the border of the United States and Mexico.

Cardinal O'Malley and his brother bishops are right: our current immigration system is a moral calamity that denies aspiring Americans their rights and dignity as children of God. Scripture tells us that God will judge the nations by how they treat the most marginalized in their midst. Knowing this truth, we pray that God's spirit will animate our leaders in the United States Congress and that we will be a nation where all are welcomed and where every aspiring immigrant is treated as a child of God and a brother and sister in Jesus Christ.

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Catholics join bishops in trip to border in support of immigration reform

Today Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good distributed a pledge to its members to stand in solidarity with the American bishops who will gather on Tuesday, April 1st, in Nogales, Arizona at the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

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CACG in TIME: How Pope Francis Can Help President Obama on Immigration Reform

On the issue of immigration reform, President Obama has much more than a mere friend in Pope Francis. In fact, if the White House allowed for it, he could have a de-facto spokesperson on immigration reform in the Holy Father.

Much like he used the pope’s words to successfully frame the income inequality debate last December, President Obama should again go back to Francis to restart the immigration reform debate in Washington.

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To Build the Trust Law Enforcement Counts On, We Need Immigration Reform

Here at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, we have focused on immigration reform as an issue of social justice, which it most certainly is. But, Mark C. Curran, Jr., is the Sheriff of Lake County, Illinois, and in this week’s Common Good Forum, he reminds us that law enforcement groups favor immigration reform on practical grounds too: They need the trust of the community in order to do their work. 

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Our Lampedusa

In this week’s Common Good Forum, Hosffman Ospino, a brilliant young Latino theologian at Boston College reflects on the Pope’s trip and the forthcoming visit by our bishops to “Our Lampedusa.” This essay begins several weeks of reflections on the issue of immigration here at CACG. On April 1, when the bishops are gathered for a Mass at the border, we encourage all our members to go to Church that day and pray for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

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