Social issues in the news – where does the Church stand?

Some of your students may be asking questions about the Catholic Church’s stance on social, national security, and economic matters that are creating news headlines.  Most recently, immigration issues have been at the top of minds. Here are a few resources that might provide some information and insight to you and your students:Teacher Resources

1). The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have stated that, “It is our conviction as followers of the Lord Jesus that welcoming the stranger and protecting the vulnerable lie at the core of the Christian life. And so, to our Muslim brothers and sisters and all people of faith, we stand with you and welcome you.” (http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-031.cfm)

2). Four Provinces of the Sisters of Notre Dame

http://www.sndky.org/newsfeed/entry/statement-regarding-executive-order-on-immigration-and-refugees-309/

http://www.toledosnd.org/2017/02/a-note-from-sr-delores/

http://www.sndca.org/

http://www.sndchardon.org/2017/02/01/refugees-snd-share-concerns/

3). Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas USCCB Committee on Migration Chair   http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm

4). Cardinal Blaise J. Cupich statement on Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants

https://www.archchicago.org/statements/-/asset_publisher/a2jOvEeHcvDT/content/statement-statement-of-cardinal-blase-j-cupich-archbishop-of-chicago-on-the-executive-order-on-refugees-and-migrants?inher

5). Catholic Bishops’ statement in defense of all faiths

http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-027.cfm

6). Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities http://www.accunet.org/files/Press_Media/2017-Executive-Order-Press-Release.pdf

7). Thomas More College President David Armstrong

http://www.thomasmore.edu/PDFs/17_1_message_from_president.pdf

8). LCWR letter to the Trump Administration

https://lcwr.org/media/news/lcwr-expresses-deep-concern-about-executive-orders

9). Letter published in the National Catholic Reporter

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/catholic-groups-letter-calls-president-trump-uphold-dignity-life

10). Catholic Social Teaching addresses the issue of immigration and refugee status. As Catholic educators, it is incumbent upon us to understand this teaching and how it relates to any immigration ban. Please find more information here:

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/catholic-teaching-on-immigration-and-the-movement-of-peoples.cfm

 

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