Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana honors CCDBR Social Worker
Catholic Charities Barbara Thompson, LCSW, (CCDBR) received The Champion for Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL) at its “Kids Are Worth It!”® Conference Luncheon on May 9, 2013 at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center. This award is the highest honor PCAL bestows upon individuals or organizations that have made a difference in the lives of children.
Currently, Barbara is Catholic Charities Coordinator of Safe Families for Children, a nationwide faith-based partnership that focuses on child well-being, rather than child protection, by strengthening and empowering families in crisis.
Baton Rouge--Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be able to help up to 400 additional families in south central Louisiana rebuild their homes and lives disrupted by the floodwaters of Hurricane Isaac.
The agency was selected as the Hurricane Isaac disaster case management provider for area residents through a contract administered by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) and The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and funded by FEMA.
Free help available to gain Citizenship
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, qualified Legal Permanent Residents interested in United States citizenship can get the help they need from Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services at Pathways to Citizenship Day event. The event is free and is set from 9:00 to 4:00 at Catholic Charities, 1900 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA. Like all of Catholic Charities services, the workshop is open to people of all faiths throughout the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. This annual event is encourages hard working legal residents to become U.S. citizens involved in our political process.
Experienced immigration attorneys and law school students will be on hand to review citizenship documents and assist with the application, including completing the process. At workshops throughout the day, participants can take practice for the various citizenship tests administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, including English proficiency, American history, and oral interviews.
No. 2 – Taxes, Sequestration and Pope Francis
By David C. Agullard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge
Tribalism is alive and well. Our social landscape is increasingly characterized by descriptors such as balkanized, neotribal, or as I first encountered the thought in a book by historian Arthur M. Schlesinger in the early ‘90s, the dis-United States of America.
No. 1 -- Catholics and Culture
By David C. Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
In politics everyone wants God on their side. It’s an understandable urge as ancient as the Divine Right of Kings. In lieu of a divinity amidst our political leaders, we Catholics substitute Catholic Social Teaching. And that’s where the difficulty begins.
Just as Jesus encountered hostility when bringing His word into the cities of Israel, Catholic Social Teaching seems to be greeted likewise, even among and between Catholics. With the recent emphasis by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asking Catholics to analyze public issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, this body of Catholic thought has become a weapon of politics.