Heading into the holiday weekend, I can't help but think about the three predictable questions I will probably be asked over the Thanksgiving table: Do you have a job lined up for next year? Are you dating anyone? What do you think about the president's executive action on immigration?
Peace & Justice
In the fight against worldwide hunger and poverty, a new report found that when women are empowered, everyone wins.
The Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analyses on hunger and offers strategies to end it, presented the results from its recent hunger report, "When Women Flourish ... We Can End Hunger," in a panel discussion Monday.
The panelists, including directors from several nonprofit groups and other organizations, spoke about ways to support women experiencing poverty and hunger.
Even though the crowd was smaller than in the past, the spirit remained powerful for the 2,000 people who came to the gathering.
I applaud President Obama’s executive action on allowing many hardworking and lawful undocumented immigrants to be spared from deportation.
Making a Difference: Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Bishop John Michael Botean discussed a shift from a "just war" to a "just peace" doctrine.
Attending a School of the Americas Watch rally raises one’s standards for rallies.
As President Obama Friday explained his executive order to stop deportations and his Republican opponents decried his action as an imperial act of a lawless president, Pope Francis also spoke about immigrants and immigration, addressing participants at the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants.
Francis said that notwithstanding new developments and the emergence of situations which are at times painful and even tragic, "migration is still an aspiration to hope.”
He ended is address with this meditation:
Calling it “a major step forward,” the U.S. Jesuits, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, and the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national border ministry, have added their voices to Catholic groups welcoming President Obama’s executive order to provide immigration relief. They added that there remains much work to be done.
Teens and young adults have been at the core of the action in Ferguson, and they have challenged clergy and community leaders to join them more fully.
We say: It is fascinating in this era of episcopal fixation on religious liberty to hear little objection to ongoing wars, drone campaigns and increasing militarism of U.S. culture.