Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Catholic Charities in the Blogosphere

Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, recently launched a blog called  About -Think and Act Anew  

The purpose of the blog is to encourage an open conversation about the moral crisis of poverty in America.  

In one post, Father Snyder discusses greed and Wall  Street and the impact it has had on America.  He cites a need for restoring the link between economics and social concerns.  He ends by proposing that we consider a tax similar to one that is being proposed in Britain.  This tax, known as the Robin Hood Tax, would impose a small levy on bankers that "would give billions to tackle poverty.”
"It is my hope that together we can find 21st century solutions to this 21st century problem and advocate for real, sustainable change. This is our call to truly think and act anew.

It is a tragedy that poverty continues to increase in the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. We must no longer ignore the injustice of poverty and the extreme inequality in America. We must seize this opportunity to promote changes that promote human dignity and the common good."
Catholic Charities has been at the forefront of the fight against poverty in America, not only through direct actions but through reflection and conversation.  The organization is one of the original partners of the JustFaith Ministries program, along with Bread for the World, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services.

In addition to the blog, Catholic Charities has another forum for conversation called 21st Century Solutions to Poverty Forum. The title speaks for itself.  The online forum is intended to "stimulate discussion and collaboration on 21st Century ideas for reducing poverty in 21st Century America. It will capture both real experiences and new ideas, and by using this technology, will allow us to continue these discussions over the next few weeks."
I encourage you to visit both Catholic Charities sites and to participate in the discussions.

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