CACG responds to the grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good's senior fellow Christopher Hale released the following statement on the grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri:

During this time of great national pain, we mourn again the death of Michael Brown. As we've said before, the violence that killed Michael Brown didn’t begin on the streets the afternoon of August 9th. 'It was the fruit of the invisible violence that plagues our communities everyday. It’s the violence of institutions that fail to serve its people. It’s the violence that afflicts the poor and makes us indifferent to others’ suffering. It’s the violence of inaction in the face of failing schools, decaying cities and economic disparities. It’s the violence that sows distrust between people and communities because the color of their skin. This violence isn’t as evident as the gunshot that killed Michael Brown, but it’s just as deadly.' Though Officer Darren Wilson has been acquitted of legal responsibility in Michael Brown's death, our nation is not. We pray that our nation will take this time to work harder to end injustices, bind the wounds between us and live as children of God, brothers and sisters once again.


CACG responds to President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good's senior fellow Christopher Hale released the following statement on President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform:

We applaud President Obama's decision to take the first step in bringing relief and hope to millions of aspiring Americans and their families who are seeking a home in the United States. Since the beginning of this debate, the Catholic Church has been a leading advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. As we enter into the holiday season, we remember that Jesus himself was a child immigrant seeking a home and a future in a foreign country. 

President Bush first called for reform in 2007, but since that time, the United States Congress has not passed any significant immigration reform bill into law. After Speaker Boehner and his colleagues in the House failed to vote on the Senate-passed bill for over a year, the President had a moral​ obligation to act decisively.

Our nation's history is that of an immigrant people, and starting tonight, there's sufficient hope that our future will be as well. To our brother and sister immigrants who are seeking a permanent home in the United States, we echo the words of Pope Francis: "The Church is at your side as you seek a more dignified life for yourselves and your families.​"


Catholic Daily Roundup (November 20, 2014)

In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the executive action announcement and what it means for both parties, last nights shooting at FSU and what the future looks like for the Keystone Pipeline bill.

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Catholic Daily Roundup (November 19, 2014)

In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include immigration, democratic leadership, and #Furguson.

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States refusal to accept Medicaid expansion creates enormous gaps in health care coverage

For this week's Common Good Forum, we are featuring a piece by Dr. Mary McDonough. McDonough is the author of Can a Health Care Market Be Moral?: A Catholic Vision.

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Pope Francis confirms trip to Philadelphia in 2015

We give thanks to God for the news that Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. We pray that his pastoral visit will confirm the American people in the great truth that Francis has communicated throughout his pontificate: that God never grows tired of loving us.

We hope that Francis uses this trip to advance his vision for a Church that is a “place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”

We also hope his visit will compel our country's leaders to move past partisan divisions and work together to create a nation where families are strong and where everyone has a name, a face and a future. We join our prayers with Francis and "beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor!"


Neighborhoods suffer when Catholic schools are closed

For today's Common Good Forum, we are featuring an essay by Nicole Garnett. Nicole is a law professor at Notre Dame, a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and the Senior Policy Coordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education. Her most recent book: Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press, 2014)  examines the effects of Catholic school closures on urban neighborhoods.

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Catholic Daily Roundup (November 14, 2014)

In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the GOP, weekend political parties, and a country thinking of new ways to tackle food waste.

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Catholic Daily Roundup (November 13, 2014)

In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Rosetta Comet, Sen. Warren's new role in the democratic caucus, and reports of executive action on immigration.

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Catholic Daily Roundup (November 12, 2014)

In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a climate agreement, Ferguson preparing for a grand jury announcement, income inequality, and changes within the Catholic Church's hierarchy.

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