Addressing Inequality

For this week's Common Good Forum, we are featuring Eric LeCompte, the executive director of Jubilee USA Network. Jubilee USA began when Pope John Paul ll and other religious leaders called for a debt Jubilee for the world's poorest countries. Since its founding, Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people.

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Robert Christian in Crux: "Subsidiarity: Turning solidarity into social justice"

For this week's Common Good Forum, we're featuring a piece in Crux by Robert Christian. Robert Christian is the editor of Millennial, a PhD candidate in politics at The Catholic University of America, and a graduate fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

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Synod on the Family suggests Church be more inclusive towards LGBT community

We give thanks to God that the Holy Spirit has inspired the Synod of Bishops to suggest a shift in the Church's pastoral approach towards the LGBT community. As Catholics in the United States, we agree with the bishops that gay and lesbian Catholics have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community." We've experienced this reality for ourselves. Gay and lesbian Catholics teach our children the faith of Jesus Christ. They serve the poor in our soup kitchens and social service agencies. They minister to the sick in our hospitals. More than anything, they're children of God and brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. We look forward to working with the Holy Father and the bishops to ensure that in the words of Pope Francis our Church is "a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven."

Preventing land-grabbing in Africa

As the international community joins hands to stop the threat of the Ebola virus, Bahati Jacques of Africa Faith and Justice Network, a Catholic advocacy organization based in Washington DC, would like to also shine some light, stop and prevent another serious and rapidly growing threat to Africa's future: land grabbing. 

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Realities are greater than ideas

For this week's Common Good Forum, we present the response of Bishop Blase Cupich to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga at a June 2014 conference on the Catholic critique of libertarianism. Bishop Cupich was appionted archbishop of Chicago by Pope Francis on September 20, 2014.


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A Catholic analysis of Obamacare

For this week's Common Good Forum, we invited Dr. Mary McDonough to do a Catholic analysis of Obamacare nearly a year after the open marketplace for the program began. McDonough is the author of Can a Health Care Market Be Moral?: A Catholic Vision.

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Paul Ryan still doesn't understand poverty

Today we feature a reflection by Sister Simone Campbell, SSS on Paul Ryan's new attempt to address poverty. Sister Campbell is executive director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community.

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A New Commandment

For today's Common Good Forum, we invited our board member Benjamin Palumbo to write about the culture of corruption that has permeated through corporate America. He argues that a new business elite has established a new commandment that guides so much of corporate decision making today: "maximize thy shareholders' value."

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Bruised, Hurting and Dirty--The Missionary Church of Pope Francis

This is a text of a reflection given in DCCatholic’s Summer Theology on Tap series on August 16, 2014. Click here to listen to the speech online. This post originally appeared on Millennial, a project sponsored by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

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Movement forward on poverty

For another nuanced viewpoint on Paul Ryan's newest anti-poverty plan, we turned to Kim Daniels. Daniels is a senior advisor at Catholic Voices USA and the former spokesperson for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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