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Christopher Hale is executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.
May 21st, 2015

It’s May, which means that graduation ceremonies are happening across the United States. Behind lofty commencement addresses about the value of graduates pursuing their dreams and living life to the fullest is the grim reality that so many of those aspirations will be put on hold as graduates struggle to pay off increasingly unbearable amounts of student loan debt.
According to a recent study, about 70% of the Class of 2013 graduates left college with an average of just under $30,000 in debt. That amount is expected to rise even more this year.
The issue of student loan debt isn’t just an economic question, because as the Catholic Church recognizes, education isn’t just a consumer good, but a fundamental…

May 18th, 2015
As presidential contenders throw their hats into the ring, we take a closer look at their convictions

Dr. Ben Carson: Living on a Prayer
This profile was co-authored by Allison Walter, an education policy associate with NETWORK Lobby, a national Catholic social justice lobby located in Washington, D.C.…
Dr. Ben Carson came to prominence for a controversial speech he gave at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast in which he criticized President Obama’s positions on policy issues including health care, education, and taxes.
What’s more remarkable? The president was seated just feet away from Dr. Carson at the time.
Carson, the most prominent African-American surgeon in the United States, grew up in poverty and used his faith to keep his hope alive during difficult times.
A Seventh Day Adventist, Carson was

May 6th, 2015
As presidential contenders throw their hats into the ring, we take a closer look at their convictions

Bernie Sanders: An Irreligious Jew in Love with Pope Francis
This profile was co-authored by Allison Walter, an education policy associate with NETWORK Lobby, a national Catholic social justice lobby located in Washington, D.C.…
Judging by Bernie Sanders’s Facebook page, you would think the United States Senator from Vermont runs communications for the Vatican. His social media page is littered with quotes and photos of Pope Francis.
This is especially surprising considering Sanders is a self-described secular Jew and socialist. Raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, Sanders admits that he’s no longer very religious.
While most candidates try to emphasize their religious background to attract voters

September 4th, 2014

Congress is back in session after their summer break, and we can expect national attention to turn once again toward comprehensive immigration reform. Particular focus will be on Speaker John Boehner and the House of Representatives to see if they can get a bill passed before the new year.
The Catholic Church has been unafraid to call political leaders to task on this critical issue. This clearly is a top-line priority for the Vatican. Pope Francis’s first pastoral trip outside of Rome was to the Italian island of Lampedusa in July 2013, where hundreds have died while trying to immigrate into the country. There Pope Francis lambasted the “globalization of indifference,” which characterizes a society…

March 20th, 2013

A week in and it’s clear: Pope Francis is a man of surprises.
It started minutes after his election to the See of Saint Peter. He appeared on the loggia in a simple white cassock to greet the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Before blessing the faithful and the merely curious in the traditional formula, Francis asked the crowd to bless him first in silent prayer. And for 30 seconds, they and hundreds of millions of people watching throughout the world joined in silent prayer for the new Holy Father.
That moment evidenced that Francis is clearly just that: holy. His closeness with all of us during these days of great trial and possibility is so clear. His predecessor, Benedict the Meek,…

March 8th, 2013
A millennial perspective on this quiet man's papacy

As the world focuses in on Rome for the papal conclave, many are discussing what qualities are needed in the next Successor of Saint Peter. Our televisions are filled with pundits — some knowledgeable, others not — discussing the needs of the Church as we move into the future.
But it seems to me that there has been a voice missing in this conversation: that of the young.
This is unfortunate, because implicit in many of these discussions is the notion that Benedict’s papacy was somehow a failure.
I think many of us would disagree. And we should know, because perhaps more than anyone, our lives were affected by Joseph Ratzinger. We were too young to be part of the “JP II (John Paul II) generation.”…

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