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.
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.
CCDBR David Aguillard and CSO Dr. Melanie Verges honored for Creativity and Spirit
Baltimore, MD— David Aguillard, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge(CCDBR) Executive Director, and Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Melanie Verges received a 2013 CRS Rice Bowl Award for their outstanding commitment to raising awareness of global hunger and educating Catholics in the United States about their brothers and sisters locally and in the developing world.
They were selected based on the creativity and enthusiasm with which they promoted the CRS-sponsored program in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The award was presented at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gather in Washington DC on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of CRS Rice Bowl for Lent 2013.
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.