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.Read more
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."
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more