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Every homeless child is ‘a cry rising up to God’, says Francis

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Pope Francis’s Commission on Women Deacons: 12 Things to Know and Share

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Now the hard work begins!

For those of us using the Gospel and Catholic social teaching as our voting guide, choosing between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates was an absolute dilemma.

Hillary Clinton’s hawkish military attitude, like her vote to authorize former President George W. Bush to attack Iraq – which opened up the doors to the ongoing bloodbath in the Middle East – along with her aggressive support for the ongoing bloodbath of abortion, made it morally impossible for me to cast my vote for her.

And Donald Trump’s threat to deport millions of hard-working undocumented Latinos, his promise to “build a great, great wall on our southern border” insisting that “Mexico pay for that wall,” his temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., his threat to deport war-torn Syrian refugees, his plan to give massive tax breaks to the rich, his denial of alarming climate change, his determination to greatly increase spending for weapons of war, and his argument that American allies – including South Korea – should build their own nuclear weapons, made it morally impossible for me to cast my vote for him.

But I did vote.

I cast my write in ballot for the American Solidarity Party’s presidential candidate Michael Maturen. And I did so because this party’s platform reflects Catholic social teaching far better than any other U.S. political party.

But voting was the easy part.

Now the hard work begins!

Deeply committed Christians, who cherish the Gospel’s social justice and peace message, clearly understand that we have a serious moral obligation to tirelessly oppose most of President-elect Donald Trump’s political agenda – which runs counter to God’s command to care for the poor with justice, to nonviolently build peace and to protect our earth home.

And as an ambiguous late-comer to the defense of the unborn, we need to hold President-elect Trump to his promise to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices.

The expression “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” is most appropriate here.

As followers of the compassionate Prince of Peace, we are to comfort the suffering, to soothe their afflictions and to uproot the causes of their pain. And to those who are comfortable in being indifferent to the afflictions of the lowly, we are to prophetically afflict their comfortable indifference, to challenge their hard-heartedness and nonviolently fight against their inhumanity – while praying for their conversion.

Responding to Trump’s election during a recent speech at Georgetown University, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new papal ambassador (nuncio) to the United States, said the church needs “to assume a prophetic role.”

Using refugees as an example, he stated, “we have not done much, to be honest with you, on the issue of refugees in the United States. And we could do much more.”

To help us do much more, I have listed below several morally strong pro-life, social justice and peace organizations. I find them very helpful. Please sign-up to receive their action alerts.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/click “Issues and Action” then click “Take Action Now”
Pax Christi USA/www.paxchristiusa.org
Catholic Peace Fellowship/www.catholicpeacefellowship.org
Win Without War/winwithoutwar.org/category/take-action
– Churches for Middle East Peace/www.cmep.org
Just Foreign Policy/www.justforeignpolicy.org
Jesuit Refugee Service/jrsusa.org
Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights/www.globallabourrights
Catholic Relief Services/www.crs.org/get-involved
Bread for the World/www.bread.org/get-involved
Students for Life /www.studentsforlife.org,
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform/www.abortionno.org
Network/National Catholic social justice lobby/www.networklobby.org
Union of Concerned Scientists/www.ucsusa.org
Greenpeace/www.greenpeace.org
Catholic Climate Covenant/www.catholicclimatecovenant.org
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns/maryknollogc.org/alerts

By Tony Magliano


Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings about Catholic social teaching. His keynote address, “Advancing the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century,” has been well received by diocesan and parish gatherings from Santa Clara, Calif. to Baltimore, Md. Tony can be reached at tmag@zoominternet.net.










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  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    There are many of us who don’t believe that social justice or social teaching is the main mission of the Church. We were more concerned with the Democrat’s hostility towards traditional religion and morality. This contributed to the Trump victory.

  2. CJ Reply

    How do you explain the fact that the Book of Revelation insists that there will in fact be a final war between the Church and those followers of the devil?

    How do you explain the fact that the type of peace Christ came to bring, sometime means ‘not peace but a sword’?

    You’re definition of peace seems naive and lacking biblical and Christological support.

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