In March, 2019, Patrick Carolan was invited to speak on the preferred option for the poor at Notre Dame University in Indiana. Below and attached for downloading, is his presentation.
Consistent Ethic of Life
Photographer John Henry reimagines the Pietà in moving photographs of black mothers and sons in his photo essay, "Stranger Fruit."
From his website:
Stranger Fruit was created in response to the senseless murders of black men across the nation by police violence. Even with smart phones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives get cut short due to unnecessary and excessive violence.
Who is next? Me? My brother? My friends? How do we protect these men?
The staff of FAN joined several other Catholic organizations based in DC to develop a voter’s guide for the upcoming mid-term elections in November. We wish to stress the importance of voting, and to assist members in addressing questions based on Catholic Social Teaching to those running for public office in both parties. As Franciscans, we support a consistent life ethic which believes in the sanctity of all human life, and that the most effective way to reduce abortion is to address poverty.
In January of this year, FAN's Director of Advocacy, Sr. Maria Orlandini was part of a delegation to Honduras, heading down to show support for the Honduran people in their struggles with their government. We invite you to read Sr. Maria's blog post about her trip.
In the book of James, chapter 2, verse 17, we are told, "faith ... if it does not have works, is dead." As people of faith, we believe one of these works of our faith is participation in civil disobedience. If you are discerning some type of nonviolent civil disobedience, we offer the following resource to help guide you.
Each human trafficking story is unique, but one commoon thread they share is the presence of a vulnerability which is exploited. Click here for some resources compiled by U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.
We believe the federal budget is not just an economic document; it is also a statement on the moral compass of our nation. As such, it should reflect our highest calling to take care of the most vulnerable and support a just, equitable society.