This week, we invited Billy Kangas from Bread for the World to write about how his Catholic faith affect his work at Bread for the World.
Deep in the heart of our Catholic faith tradition is the belief of the necessity of speaking the truth to power. This week CACG Chairman Fred Rotondaro discusses how to do this effectively in today's modern political reality.
As we begin the journey from winter into spring, we invited Alison Donohue to write this moving spiritual reflection on the meaning of Christian hope and how it can light the pathway even during the darkest of seasons.
Random House has just published Waking From The Dream: The Struggle For Civil Rights In The Shadow Of Martin Luther King, by David L. Chappell. Chappell says his book tries to bring back to life the civil rights struggle that carried on after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. King’s bereaved comrades in the movement pushed on to achieve real black political and economic power, along with dignity and genuine opportunity for the poor of all races.
Professor Chappell spoke with CACG’s own Fred Rotondaro about his research and his new book, especially about King’s legacy after achieving the landmark passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, and the efforts of King’s followers after his death to carry on the causes for which he fought.
Today, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good joined other prominent Catholic leaders and organizations in a letter asking members of the United States Senate to heed the wisdom of Pope Francis and not support any more sanctions on Iran during the middle of the ongoing peace talks. Fred Rotondaro, chairman of the organization.
“We believe that our elected officials in the United States should follow the wisdom of Pope Francis on this crucial issue.” said Fred Rotondaro, chairman of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. “He’s right: all means of diplomacy should be exercised in the pursuit of peace. The proposed sanctions would only make this process all the more difficult.”
The letter was placed online at NoMoreSanctions.Org, where the sponsoring organizations have asked for their membership to sign on. The final letter with signatures will be distributed to the members of the United States Senate next week.
In this week's Common Good Forum, senior fellow Christopher Hale examines the way forward in addressing inequality and poverty in the United States. He encourages both parties to drop the ideological rhetoric and to adopt real solutions to addressing one of our nation's most crucial epidemics.
CACG senior fellow Christopher Hale has a new article at CNN explaining why progressives should be pro-life:
[D]eeply rooted in the history of human society is the belief that every human being has dignity and the right to live in that dignity.
As progressives, we further believe that the government plays a crucial role in protecting that dignity, especially among those who face adverse societal conditions: the poor, the unemployed, the elderly, the uninsured, single parents, gay and lesbians — and yes — the unborn.
This radical inclusivity is at the heart of the progressive tradition.
The full article can be read here.
Everyone commends Dr. King for his fight for civil rights, but too often, we forget that King also fought against poverty, indeed was in the midst of organizing the Poor People’s Campaign when he was killed in 1968. In this commentary for CACG, Michael Sean Winters reflects on King’s legacy and our challenge.