Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Priests’ group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app
A screenshot of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy’s voting app.

.- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has released a non-partisan voting guide for Catholics in the form of a free mobile device app.

“With Election Day soon approaching, it is imperative that the lay faithful take their right to vote seriously,” Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., president of the San Diego-based fraternity, said Oct. 4. Read more

Electoral Responsibility

Electoral Responsibility

The Editors | OCTOBER 29, 2012

the cover of America, the Catholic magazine

H ow will the United States change after Nov. 6? The political rhetoric has verged on apocalyptic. Yet while the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will have far-reaching consequences, especially for those who live at the margins of American society, candidates and voters alike should recall the words of the Psalmist: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save” (Ps. 146:3). That caution is especially poignant for many Catholic voters, who are once again caught between their desire to participate in civic life and the sad fact that both presidential candidates have taken positions that are incompatible with the moral law. That the candidates’ moral miscalculations extend even to the gravest questions of life and death only further vexes the Catholic conscience. Read more

Tell American Crystal Sugar: We’re Not Buying It

Tell American Crystal Sugar: We’re Not Buying It

 Join the Boycott of American Crystal Sugar Products

American Crystal Sugar has locked out 1,300 workers for over a year in an attempt to break the employees’ union and sweeten its corporate profits.

Brave employees have been sacrificing their livelihoods while waiting for over 14 months to get back at the negotiating table and back on the job. The company has taken extreme measures to maximize profits – no matter the cost to their workers – and we’ve had enough.

So we’re making sure American Crystal Sugar gets the message that we aren’t buying their excuses, and we’re not buying their products until the lockout ends.

Stand with us against corporate greed. Sign the pledge below and join the boycott until American Crystal Sugar ends the lockout and negotiates a fair contract.

“I pledge to boycott American Crystal Sugar products until CEO David Berg and the company’s board members end the lockout and come back to the table with workers to negotiate a fair contract.”

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Vatican City, 15 October 2012 (VIS) – On 14 October, Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot M.C.C.J., secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, addressed the Istanbul World Forum, dedicated to the theme: “Justice and the Construction of a New Global Order”. In his remarks during the meeting, which took place from 13 to 14 October, Fr. Ayuso examined the essential contribution that social justice and religious freedom make to peace, and the indispensable role religions have in promoting peace and justice in global society.

“Religion”, said Fr. Ayuso speaking English, “has a role in contributing to the national conversation of any given society. That conversation needs to engage with all the complexities that societies face in the modem world. Concepts such as ‘justice’ and ‘social justice’ are an integral part of that conversation. Thus, we ask ourselves, what is the contribution of religion to the national conversation about ‘justice’ and ‘social justice’? Justice is a divine attribute, and religious teaching certainly contributes to the reflection on the right ordering of relationships, in other words, social justice. Catholic tradition, however, maintains that justice is accessible by means of human reason, to all men and women of goodwill, both religious and non religious”. Read more



Vatican City, 14 October 2012 (VIS) – “God can conquer the heart of a person with many possessions and lead him towards solidarity and sharing with the poor and needy, so that he can enter into the logic of giving”, said the Pope commenting on today’s Gospel reading which narrates Jesus’ meeting with a rich young man.

“Jesus teaches that it is very difficult but not impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God“, said the Holy Father in his remarks before praying the Angelus. “Indeed, through the ‘the logic of giving’, a person may follow the path of Jesus Christ Who, as the Apostle Paul wrote, ‘for your sake … became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich'”. Read more

California bishops laud dedication of national monument to Cesar Chavez


California bishops laud dedication of national monument to Cesar Chavez

Monday, October 8, 2012

KEENE, Calif. (CNS) — California’s Catholic bishops said they were grateful that a national monument was being dedicated to farmworker labor leader Cesar Chavez, who “was profoundly influenced by Catholic social justice teaching.”

Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union in 1962, “strived to be a good disciple of the Lord Jesus by bringing the kingdom of God to the vineyards, fields and groves of America,” they said in a statement released Oct. 3. The dedication was Oct. 8. Read more

Denver Catholic Charities, Social Ministries Director Named Head Of USCCB Justice, Peace, Human Development Department


Denver Catholic Charities, Social Ministries Director Named Head Of USCCB Justice, Peace, Human Development Department

September 17, 2012

WASHINGTONJonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver since 2009, has been named executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

He succeeds John Carr, who retired from the USCCB in late August after almost 25 years of service. He is currently is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the links between faith and public life. Read more

‘Labor priests’ being trained to help immigrant, low-wage workers

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‘Labor priests’ being trained to help immigrant, low-wage workers

Father J. Cletus Kiley, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago, is pictured in the lobby of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington July 5. The priest is director of immigration policy for UNITE HERE, a union for hotel, restaurant and textile workers. Father Kiley also serves on the AFL-CIO immigration committee. (CNS/Bob Roller)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The concept of “labor priest,” epitomized by Msgr. John Egan and Msgr. George Higgins in the 20th century, has been given a new twist to meet the realities of the 21st century.

The priests — more than two dozen of them, and all working with the approval of their diocesan bishops — are being recruited to help immigrant and low-wage workers.

The clerics met in Chicago in June with a number of mentors, speakers and labor leaders to hone their focus and to give them tools for the work ahead. Read more

On All of Our Shoulders

On All of Our Shoulders

Table of Contents:

  •  A Tipping Point

  • A Threat to the Church’s Teachings

  • Prudence Misused

  • Prudence and Principle, Love and Truth

  • Prudence and Policy

  • 5 Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine Most in Danger of Being Forgotten or Distorted

  • Conclusion

 We write as Catholic theologians, academics and ministers concerned for our nation and for the integrity of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We write to hold up aspects of the Church’s social doctrine that are profoundly relevant to the challenges our nation faces at this moment in history, yet are in danger of being ignored. At a moment when the ideas of Atlas Shrugged influence public debate and policy, we write to proclaim the Catholic truth that the stewardship of common good rests upon all of our shoulders together. This is a responsibility we dare not shrug. We fulfill this obligation in myriad ways, but indispensibly among them, through the policies of our government. We highlight these principles of the Church’s social doctrine in the hope that their substance will better influence our political and policy debates. Read more

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

By Michelle Bauman

.- The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the HHS mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice presidential debate.

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky.

“No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide,” he argued. “That is a fact.” Read more