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An ecological blind spot
Contraceptives are polluting women's bodies and the environment,
but who cares?

There is a huge effort today to protect the physical environment from the unintended effects of human activity. We have international agreements and national policies to reduce global warming by curbing excess carbon, produced as human beings pursue their material wellbeing.

Poverty --  The High Cost of Marriage Breakdown
ROME, September. 26, 2010 - The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest figures on income and poverty on Sept. 16. According to the report the official U.S. poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3%, up from 13.2% in 2008. In raw numbers this adds up to 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, compared to 39.8 million in 2008.

"Eggsploitation" Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women

NEW YORK, July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for a precious commodity: human eggs. Eggsploitation, a new documentary released today by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, is a tragic spotlight on the booming and risky business of selling eggs, and reveals the health risks and exploitation of women through egg donation.

US Bishops Set Record Straight on Healthcare Bill
Note Way Forward -- Clarify Misconceptions

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010—The U.S. bishops called for steps to protect the lives of the most vulnerable particularly the unborn, provide fairness for immigrants, and guarantee conscience protections for individual and institutions in a statement on health care reform issued on May 21.

The Laity and the Evangelization of Business
A lecture from the St. Anthony of Padua Institute's Manhattan Forum

Catholic Social Teaching has always emphasized the need for justice in our economic relationships. Yet in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI insists that love is likewise an essential part of business. But is this accurate? Is it not enough for a businessman or woman to simply act with justice? Or is the pope expounding a principle which, though often forgotten, lies at the core of rational business and economic relationships? In this lecture, John Médaille, instructor in theology at the University of Dallas and author of The Vocation of Business: Social Justice in the Marketplace, explores these important questions.

haiti devastated by earthquake, Archbishop killed

Haiti Devastated by Earthquake
Archbishop Dies
How You Can Help

BALTIMORE, MD, January 13, 2010– The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti 10 miles southwest of the capital of Port au Prince at 4:53 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, Jan. 12.Catholic Relief Services is readying food and other aid to help families affected by a powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. CRS has committed an initial $5 million (US) to help survivors of the devastating quake.

 Petals in the Dust, India, abortion, girls, pro-life, infantacide

Petals in the Dust: India's Missing Girls
Gino and Nyna Caputi, Catholics for the Common Good members, provide a wonderful example of the principle of solidarity. They saw something intolerable, something extermely horrible, and they did not turn away. They have taken on a huge project to make a film to let the world know about the deadly assault on girls in India.

U.S. Bishops-- Senate Health Bill Unacceptable
Essential Changes Needed Before Moving Forward
WASHINGTON, DC, Decermber 22, 2009 —The current health care reform bill is “deficient” and should not move forward without “essential changes,” the chairmen of three committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said December 22.

Financial Crisis
Revolutionary Dialogue Thru Vatican Newspaper

ROME, February 27, 2009 – First banker Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, then British prime minister Gordon Brown issue a revolutionary proposal through "L'Osservatore Romano": a colossal investment on behalf of poor countries. This would be for the benefit of all, including the rich countries responsible for the current disaster. 

Darfur: Sudanese President Charged with Genocide
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 30, 2008-- As part of the international effort to stop the genocide in Darfur, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against Sudan's president for a five-year campaign of violence in Darfur. It is the first time that a charge like this was made by the court against a residing head of state.

Benedict XVI: Combating Hunger a Pro-life Issue
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 3, 2008-- In a world replete with resources, hunger and malnutrition are simply unacceptable, says Benedict XVI.

Action Alert

Extreme Poverty Bill Moves to the U.S. Senate
Senate Co-Sponsors are Sought

WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2007-- H.R.1302, a U.S. House bill that calls for a national strategy for dealing with extreme poverty -- the kind of poverty that kills --passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote on September 25. The bill, also referrred to as the Global Poverty Act 2007, is now in the Senate and will be considered by the Committee on Foreign Relations. The first step to support this bill is to ask Senators to become co-sponsors.
Currently over one billion people worldwide live on less than a dollar per day.

Unions Must Reflect on the Interests of Latino Workers
SAN FRANCISCO, August 29, 2007 -- In his new book, Strangers in a Foreign Land, Catholics for the Common Good Advisor, Rev. Dr. George E. Schultze, SJ discusses the organizing of Catholic Latinos who are a source of low-cost labor in the United States.
"Today's labor leaders risk alienating Latinos and jeopardizing Catholic support if they accept and promote abortion and take anti-family and anti-marriage positions aligned with the radical homosexual and feminist movements," said Father George Schultze, SJ. "This would be a shame because Latinos can benefit from union organizing and the growing population of Latino workers offers opportunities for significant growth in the sagging labor movement."

Help Stop Genocide in Darfur
Thursday, July 26- Vigils at Chinese Consulates
SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2007 While people are still suffering and dying in Darfur, there is a country whose position in improving the dramatic situation there is critical: China is the largest foreign investor as well as the largest trade partner of Sudan, and has just begun its term as president of the UN Security Council. This Thursday, July 26, vigils will be held at all Chinese diplomatic posts in the US to urge the government of this country to help stop the genocide in Darfur.

Bishop of Mosul is dead 03/13

Bishop of Mosul kidnapped 02/29

A Final Appeal: Save Christian Iraq
ROME, May 28, 2007 - In Iraq's bloody war, which is being fought primarily by Muslim groups against other Muslims and infidels, the Iraqi Christians are the only ones who are not using weapons or bombs, not even to defend themselves. There aren't any armed Christian militias in Iraq. In fact, they are the most vulnerable and persecuted group. In 2000, they were more than a million and a half, 3 percent of the population. Today it is estimated that fewer than500,000 remain. Sandro Magister reports.

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