Category Archive for: justice

David Brooks: The Abortion Memo

To: Democratic Party Leaders From: Imaginary Democratic Consultant Re: Late-Term Abortions Dear Democratic Leaders, Last week I watched as our senators voted down the Republican bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks. Our people hung together. Only three Democrats voted with the other side. Yet as I was watching I kept wondering: How…Read More

March for Life 2018 Draws More Than 100,000 Prolifers

Considering they were protesting what they call “the greatest human rights violation of our time,” the crowd that gathered on the National Mall Friday morning for the March for Life was oddly upbeat. Church and school groups who had traveled across the country to show their opposition to 45 years of legal abortion in America…Read More

US Bishops Applaud HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, offered the following joint statement in response to the creation of a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom within…Read More

Adoption Agency Protection Bill Modeled After Virginia Law

Sen. Greg Treat (R-OKC) filed a bill this week designed to offer legal protection for private adoption agencies. The bill provides specific protections from future state regulations that may force faith-based agencies to violate their mission. A similar bill recently passed in the state of Virginia, which was written to prevent the forced closure of…Read More

There are 3.6M ‘DREAMers’ — a number far greater than commonly known

The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million. That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted…Read More

Vatican Newspaper: Trump Comments ‘Harsh, Offensive’

In its continuing coverage of the U.S. immigration debate, the Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump “used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants” from several countries. “No agreement on Dreamers” was the headline on the lead story for L’Osservatore Romano’s edition dated Jan. 13 and published late Jan. 12. In the…Read More

Archbishop Gomez: Ending DACA will lead to ‘humanitarian crisis’

Congress must separate “the conversation about DACA” from the “larger issues” about U.S. immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead “to a humanitarian crisis,” especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. “As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to the ‘Dreamers.’ These young people have done nothing…Read More

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the…Read More

Catholic Social Teaching: A Political Lens

Catholics and non-Catholics alike often wonder what drives the Church’s involvement in the civic affairs of our communities and of the nation at large. If the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is the ‘what’ of our faith, Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is the ‘why’. Though any attempt to condense this Teaching into a single…Read More

Senators, White House lay groundwork for Dreamers deal

Top senators and White House officials are laying the groundwork for a major immigration deal in January to resolve the fate of young undocumented immigrants whose legal protections were put in limbo by President Donald Trump. At a Tuesday afternoon meeting with nearly a dozen senators deeply involved in immigration policy, White House chief of…Read More