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.
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."
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.Read more
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.Read more