During Call to Action's 2015 conference, about 30 former and active church workers shared stories of how they and others laboring for the church had been fired, ostracized and maltreated.
The 39th annual Call to Action conference covered a variety of issues, including the transgender experience, the journey of the undocumented immigrant, and the firing of LGBT church workers.
Highlighting Pope Francis’s instructions to the hierarchy, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, USCCB president, opened the body’s annual fall meeting with a reflection on the upcoming year of mercy.
"The end is near!"
One of my favorite cartoons about the end of the world shows the bearded ascetic with his warning sign, which says something like: "The end is not coming. You have to learn to cope with it along with the rest of us!"
“You get these little spurts of indication of, yeah, as a matter of fact, new thoughts can exist down in the coalfields.”
We say: Many people in the church are prevented of speaking on women's ordination in fear of losing their livelihoods and careers. Those of us with the freedom to speak up, should.
The Peace Pulpit: We cannot support and participate in policies that, as Jesus says, "Devour the widows and the orphans' goods, exploit them, and bring further injustice into their lives."
Eco Catholic: "Certain things are sacrosanct, and a direct attack on coal is just not going to work in West Virginia."
Since the release of the papal encyclical on the environment, the conversation about how the church responds to the negative effects of climate change has become more and more prevalent.
The issue reverberates stronger in poorer neighborhoods, whose residents will likely feel first -- and hardest -- the effects of climate change: whether exacerbated asthma attacks due to poor air quality, or higher health risks from more frequent summer heat waves. In Chicago, that often means those suffering are disproportionately people of color.