"What you did to the least of these, you did to me." Although Jesus said many things, His clearest concern was for the vulnerable. The vulnerable include our veterans, seniors, children and families.
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Posted May 08, 2007
This week, as Catholics and Christians descend on Congress to lobby for truly comprehensive immigration reform, journalist Lisa Sylvester and Lou Dobbs begin and end the above segment by saying that the first responsibility we Americans have is to ourselves. What they appear to be forgetting is that the economic reality of life in America as we know it - from restaurant kitchens to hotel laundries to the fruits and vegetables lining the American refrigerator - depends on the labor of those that are quickly becoming members of America's latest underclass.
Posted April 20, 2007
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Efforts to remove religion's influence from the public square will fail, in large part because faith plays such a major role in most Americans' lives, the recently appointed Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington said.
Archbishop Donald Wuerl's comments came at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on April 13. President Bush was the headline speaker.
Wuerl said the church's moral theology has helped frame debates over the Iraq war, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, physician-assisted suicide and immigration. Religious faith, Wuerl said, continues to play a significant role in both promoting social justice issues as well as "defending all innocent human life."
In his address, Wuerl echoed Pope Benedict XVI's frequent warnings about the threat of secularism.
Posted April 17, 2007
At the National Catholic Prayer breakfast last Friday, President Bush preached to the choir on issues of life and dignity. A number of conservative powerbrokers were on hand, including several cabinet members and former Sen. Fred Thompson, a possible Republican presidential candidate. According to Joe Cella, the breakfast's founder, the breakfast is a forum for Catholics to "gather together in prayer and fellowship."
But some Catholics say the annual event is more about Republican politics than the church. "Let's be honest, this event would be more accurately labled the 'Republican Catholic Strategy Breakfast,'" said Chris Korzen of Catholics United for the Common Good. "Its organizers have a clear track-record of putting partisanship above church teaching. My concern is that the general public is looking at this and thinking that its affiliated the Catholic Church," he said. "It's not."
Posted April 17, 2007
By Daniel Burke
WASHINGTON — President Bush preached to the choir at the National Catholic Prayer breakfast Friday, promoting the "dignity of life," and stressing his opposition to easing restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research — a reference to a bill he's threatened to veto.
"In our day there is a temptation to manipulate life in ways that do not respect the humanity of the person," Bush said Friday. "When that happens, the most vulnerable among us can be valued for their utility to others instead of their own inherent worth."
The Senate on Wednesday voted 63-34 to pass the measure that it hopes will lead to new medical treatments. The vote, however, fell short of a veto-proof margin needed to enact the law over Bush's objections. The House, which passed similar legislation earlier in the year, is expected to adopt the Senate's version in the weeks ahead.
"We must continue to work for a culture of life where the strong protect the weak and where we recognize in every human life the image of our creator," Bush said.
Posted April 11, 2007
Catholics United for the Common Good is expressing grave concerns today over the partisan nature of the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, to be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 13.
The Prayer Breakfast’s entire board of directors has ties to Republican candidates, party apparatus, and affiliated organizations, and its partisan agenda is underscored by President George W. Bush's perennial appearance at the event.
Catholics United is also asking keynote speaker Archbishop Donald Wuerl to use his remarks to dispel any attempt by political operatives to suggest his participation indicates a close alliance between the Church and the Republican Party.
Posted April 11, 2007
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