The fight over fighting poverty: CCHD and the push for reform
Is the bishops’ work to empower the poor Catholic enough? An alliance of pro-life groups says it’s not.
It was the brainchild of a Chicago priest, Michael Dempsey, in the 1960s, and it has blossomed over the past 40 years into one of the most effective, sustained anti-poverty efforts ever attempted in the United States. In 2010 the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is funding some 250 groups in the United States, wrestling with issues such as education, jobs, health care, violence, economic development, and access to public services.
Waist management: Can government regulation curb our bad eating habits?
Banning the Big Gulp isn’t enough to tip the scales in America’s obesity epidemic.
Gluttony is the only one of the not-so-magnificent seven that is literally a deadly sin; Americans have been proving that through congested arteries and heart disease for decades. Lifestyle-driven diabetes makes a cross of daily life for thousands and now even burdens U.S. children, many of whom contract the debilitating illness because of sedentary childhoods and poor eating habits.
Why social justice? ‘Because we’re Catholic’
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s “seamless garment of life” analogy is well known—and often criticized—for arguing that Catholic social teachings should be applied not only to abortion but also to capital punishment, economic and environmental injustice, war, and euthanasia.
Headed home: The path from homelessness to a place of one's own
After life on the street, there’s nothing like sitting down again at your own kitchen table.
A taxing problem: How can the nation help the poor?
In a system that increasingly favors the wealthy, Catholic teaching calls upon the government to step in and level the playing field.
Party time: Catholic for the Common Good and Democrat for Life Stephen Schneck talks about his political party affiliation
Social justice: What's tarnishing its good name?
Why are some faithful tarnishing the good name of this essential Catholic value?
The do-gooders at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania didn’t alarm anyone initially. They formed a social justice committee in 2009, figuring they would help the poor, mostly those in their own rural parish community, south of Scranton in the rolling hills of the Poconos.
Poor spending choices: Catholic values and the U.S. budget
Getting our nation’s budget priorities in order will require a show of solidarity.
Cuban comeback: Change is on the horizon in Cuba
Overcoming great obstacles, many Cubans are returning to the Catholic faith and helping renew the island’s church.
To this day Aldo Santos remembers with gratitude the frequent blackouts he experienced as a child in his native town of Holguín in northeast Cuba. Everyone in the neighborhood would come out of their house to gaze at the stars.
He would look up and ask his father about the moon and the planets and about a future full of dreams. He learned that even galaxies die, and it was then that he began to understand something about the end of things.