State of the Union speech hits on social justice themes

Among the items included in President Obama's policy agenda in his annual speech before a joint session of Congress were what Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, called the "bold ideas" of proposals to enable students to have two years of community college education without paying tuition; to expand paid leave to working parents and to make home ownership more accessible. Such proposals are "what is needed to break up the status quo that leaves so many on the sidelines," said Fr. Snyder. more »


Celebrating Fr. Dick McBrien, a heroic voice in the American Church

American Catholics are mourning the passing of Fr. Richard McBrien, one of the most important 20th Century voices in the Church -- as a theologian and scholar at Notre Dame, a media personality frequently interviewed on television, and a weekly columnist for diocesan papers across the country. He died Sunday in his home diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, at age 78 after working for years through a long illness. more »
Science and faith, working together to deal with suffering

While acknowledging that scientific methods based upon materialistic philosophy have advanced technology and increased our understanding of the natural world, the post-materialist scientists point to discoveries in quantum mechanics in which the particles being observed, and the scientists observing them, are linked. This implies, they say, that "the consciousness of the observer is vital to the existence of the physical events being observed, and that mental events can affect the physical world." more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama


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