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Charity and Justice

By Christine Dragonette on September 25th, 2014

When reflecting on current events or issues in our community and beyond, it is often helpful to look for examples of both charity and justice, and opportunities to exhibit both. Works of charity provide direct service, food, clothing, and other basic needs, while justice seeks to find large-scale solutions to the root causes of social, … Read More

The children from Central America

By Mark Etling on August 10th, 2014

As you know, one of the hot-button issues in America today is what to do with the children from Central America who are entering this country illegally. The Catholic Church for years has been very clear on this question: people have the right to move from one country to another freely: Pacem in Terris (Pope … Read More

Rights and responsibilities

By Mark Etling on August 3rd, 2014

There is a necessary coupling when it comes to the issue of rights and responsibilities. It’s important to keep in mind that every right we humans possess carries with it a corresponding responsibility to fulfill and exercise that right. This means, for example: 1. My right to education carries with it the responsibility to see … Read More

Water as a Human Right

By Christine Dragonette on July 21st, 2014

With Detroit in the news so much recently over water shutoffs to many residents who cannot pay their bill, I’ve been reflecting on human rights and our responsibility to protect these rights for everyone. Those with less economic or political leverage are often denied power, as well as basic rights. How can we advocate for … Read More