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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Unfolding the American poverty crisis

For this week's Common Good Forum, CACG chairman Fred Rotondaro analyzes the underlying causes of poverty in the United States and the false myths that color Representative Paul Ryan's newest approach to tackling one of our nation's biggest moral scandals.

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The Gospel of Life and the Catholic approach to the refugee crisis

For today's Common Good Forum, we feature an essay by Todd Scribner on how comprehensive immigration reform must been seen as a part of the consistent ethic of life. Todd serves as the education outreach coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services.

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Pope Francis to visit the US in 2015

We give thanks to God for the great news that Pope Francis will be visiting the United States in September 2015. 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 also hope his visit will compel our country's leaders to move past partisan divisions and work together to create a nation 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!" 
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A brief historical survey of Catholic advocacy for Latino immigrants

For today's Common Good Forum, we feature an essay by Dr. Julia Young of The Catholic University of America. In her essay, Young takes us through a brief survey of how the Catholic Church in the United States has been advocating for Latino immigrants for the better part of our nation's history.

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A Catholic response to the President's executive order protecting LGBT workers

Today's executive order by President Obama is a step forward in the noble mission of creating a nation where no one is discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. With proper legal implementation, the Administration's policy can also ensure that religious institutions will continue their longstanding tradition of working with the federal government in providing social services to those who suffer and live on the margins of our communities. Since our nation's founding, American Catholic organizations have responded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by serving every person in need. And with today's order, we pray the Church can continue that great tradition while ensuring that our own institutions are welcoming to all who are willing to serve.

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The Church of and for immigrants

For today's Common Good Forum, we feature an essay by Dr. Maria Mazzenga of The Catholic University of America. In this shorter version of a speech she gave at last week's National Migration Conference, Mazzenga details how the Catholic Church in the United States has had long and proud history of fighting for immigrants' rights.

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