Justice in Iraq Now

Posted April 09, 2007

Sign this Petition to End the War

Nearly 3,300 U.S. troops dead and counting, untold tens of thousands of civilian casualties, some 2 million refugees fleeing for their lives. In his annual Easter message, Pope Benedict XVI had the courage to say something that's been on many Catholics' minds these days: that "nothing positive comes from Iraq," a country "torn apart by continual slaughter." It's time for American Catholics to stand and be counted. Do we allow our leaders to keep escalating a worsening situation, or do we accept the fact that our nation's military might has now done all it can?

By Catholic standards, the conflict in Iraq is quickly becoming a moral failure, marked by continuing violence and the emergence of a serious refugee and humanitarian crisis. And most now agree that deteriorating security in the region is only made worse by an ongoing U.S. military presence. This week President Bush followed through on his threat to keep our fighting forces in Iraq indefinitely by vetoing a war spending bill that includes a timetable for U.S. troopdrawal. For Catholics and Americans who seek an end to the conflict, the president's move represents a step in the wrong direction. Our Catholic community can send a strong message if we join together and call on the president to work Congress and do the right thing for our troops and for the people of Iraq. Click the link below to add your voice to the Justice in Iraq Now petition.


Pope Benedict: Rich Nations Have 'Plundered' the Third World

Posted April 05, 2007

In his new book, Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict condemns the effects colonialism has had on Third-World countries, and especially throughout Africa. For the illusory benefits of power and profit, the pope writes, the world's rich nations have "plundered and sacked" Africa and other poor regions, equating the current situation to the parable of the Good Samaritan.

According to Reuters, the pope is calling wealthy nations to task for the current disparity between rich and poor, and says that they must work to rectify the situation and promote the justice and equality of all.

The 2007 Farm Bill: Tell Congress to Help Small Farmers

Posted March 28, 2007

Sign this petition and join Catholics United and Oxfam in urging Congress to help the world's small and struggling farmers. This year, Congress will debate a new Farm Bill, which for the next five years will either set policies that could either help small farmers at home and abroad - or keep them struggling.

Currently, the Farm Bill represents a broken promise to America's farmers and rural communities. It falls well short of meeting its obligations to families that depend on food stamps and conservation programs that protect rivers and streams. And to make matters worse, the current Farm Bill actually hurts poor farmers in developing countries. As Catholics, we are called to work towards the common good, one that makes sure everyone benefits from the increasingly global agricultural market - not just the multi-nationals and corporate conglomerate farmers.

Sisters of Mercy President Arrested at Iraq Protest

Posted March 22, 2007

SILVER SPRING, MD - Sister Mary Waskowiak, president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, was arrested early Saturday morning when she joined more than 200 persons in an act of civil disobedience at the White House as part of a Christian Peace Witness against the War in Iraq. Sister Mary was fined $100 and released after six hours.

The Sisters of Mercy worked interdenominational groups to plan the public prayer service and march from the National Cathedral to the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 16. More than 3,000 persons attended, Sister Mary representing the Sisters of Mercy during the prayer service and approximately 25 Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates participating.

Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

Posted March 19, 2007

Catholics United's own James Salt - one of the organization's founding members - was on hand last Friday night to bear witness at the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq protest in Washington, D.C. Here, he shares us what it was like to be in the middle of the protest:

"On Friday evening, March 16, more than 3,000 people of faith from across the country fought blustery winds and sleet in Washington, D.C. to gather in prayer for an end to the war in Iraq."

"Organized by faith-based groups including Sojourners/Call to Renewal, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, the Mennonite Church USA, and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq was an ecumenical prayer service that brought together various Christian traditions in a single voice of opposition."

"The protest began a service at Washington's National Cathedral, the "overflow" crowd watching via video feed from the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church down the street. During the service, Celeste Zappala gave a moving testimony on losing her son, Sherwood Baker, a Pennsylvania National Guardsman, to the war."

Cover All Children

Posted March 13, 2007

Call on Congress to renew the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) - which so far provides affordable coverage to six million children - and make it available to all of America's children. Sign this petition and press the Congressional Budget Committees to include $60 billion over five years for children's health funding.

Join PICO federations and faith communities and help make this the healthiest generation in American history. For as our faith tells us, as written in Matthew 25:40, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me."

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Become Stewards of Your Planet: Urge World Leaders to Stop Global Warming

Posted March 12, 2007

Join Catholics United in signing Avaaz.org's petition to urge world leaders to put an end to global warming. This Thursday, the G8's environmental ministers will be meeting in Germany to begin drafting an agenda to stop global warming and make climate change a global priority.

As Catholics, our faith calls us to be stewards of the environment. With a significant global petition, we can make the case that the world is ready for aggressive leadership on climate change - and pave the way for truly historic commitments at the G8 summit this June.

You can also help the cause by forwarding this petition to friends and family, and posting a link on your blog. We only have a few days to make this statement count.

Conservative Lament for the State of the Union Address

Posted January 25, 2007

The far right is finding itself in an awkward position in the wake of Tuesday night's State of the Union address. For years they've been telling us that if we vote for Bush he'll end abortion, same-sex marriage, and embryonic stem cell research. And yet on Tuesday we heard not a word from the President about any of these issues. This prompted some conservatives to suggest that the so-called 'social agenda' may in fact be dead.

It's true that the movement to impose moral values on pluralist America has hit a few stumbling blocks. But if the right is really concerned protecting human life they might try some new and creative solutions. House and Senate Democrats, for instance, are interested in working Republicans to boost the minimum wage, accessibility to health care, union protection, and other support for working families - all of which will have a measurable effect on the abortion rate. In fact, they have even advanced proposals specifically aimed at reducing abortions.

Are you a member of the religious right?

Posted January 19, 2007

Are you a member of the religious right?

Deal Hudson thinks so. In fact, he thinks that if you really believe in God you have no choice but to become a radical conservative like him.

In his latest blog entry, the disgraced former Bush advisor and current director of the Morley Institute for Church and Culture hawks his new 5-CD set of conservative propaganda, claiming that Catholic voters were duped in 2006 by books and media spin. Deal wants you to believe that the ailing religious right is alive and well, and that the Republicans lost in 2006 because America said "no" to traditional "values voters".

Catholic voter guide released

Posted November 07, 2006

By Lucie Wolken
Missouri Digital News
October 30, 2006

JEFFERSON CITY - A week before the November elections, a national Catholic organization released a voters' guide for voters across the country.

The guide was issued Monday by Catholics United for the Common Good, a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization. The guide lists general issues followed by the stance of the Bishops Conference followed by the respective positions of Talent and McCaskill on issues ranging from abortion and capital punishment to climate change and social justice. Included on the site is a voting guide quiz to indicate where a voter's views align the two candidates.

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