Justice and Peace

Speak Always for the Poor!
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LIFE: HEALTHCARE
 
At this writing, the Senate's latest proposed healthcare bill did not advance. Here's what the U.S. Bishops will advocate for in the next iteration.
 
Provide access to truly affordable health care for all and protects gains in health care coverage for millions of Americans that have come about since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Ensure access to coverage for immigrants and their families.

Protect human life, and includes prohibitions on the federal government funding or facilitating
abortion and plans that cover abortion.

Establish vital conscience protections for individuals, entities, healthcare providers and health care professionals.
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JUSTICE: 2017 CCHD GRANTS
 
The U.S. Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development has awarded six Oregon organizations with its 2017-18 national grants.  
 
The Archdiocese of Portland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development has also awarded its 2017-18 local grants to seven programs - from Portland to Medford - that strive to fight the root causes of poverty. 
 
See who was funded in your community

Funding for the local CCHD grants comes entirely from the local CCHD Collection. For every $25,000 collected, another organization receives a micro-grant averaging $5000.
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PEACE: NUCLEAR WEAPONS 
 
From the U.S. and European Bishops:

"The indiscriminate and disproportionate nature of nuclear weapons, compel the world to move beyond nuclear deterrence. We call upon the United States and European nations to work with other nations to map out a credible, verifiable and enforceable strategy for the total elimination of nuclear weapons."
 
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2017 STATE LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP
 
During the 2017 Oregon State Legislative Session, the Office of Life, Justice & Peace promoted a handful of public policies from the Oregon Catholic Conference or representing the Archdiocese.

Many of you participated in advocacy efforts, from the beginning by participating in Interfaith Advocacy Day, until the very last day by contacting your State Senators.

See how you did
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SAINTS ALIVE!
AUGUST 14: ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
Patron Saint of Political Prisoners
(Drug Addicts, Families, and the Pro-life Movement)
 
A political prisoner is a person imprisoned for their political beliefs or actions; a person put in prison because of his or her political beliefs.

A quick scan of the websites of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Amnesty International shines a spotlight on the dark reality of political prisoners throughout the world: Congo, Myanmar, Cuba, Venezuela, Philippines, North Korea, and the Middle East.

Maximilian Kolbe was arrested because of his political beliefs, not because of his religion, though the foundation of his politics was faith. The two - religious conscience and political beliefs - neatly overlap.
 
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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Whispers of Change - Based on the Sunday Readings for August 13
 
The LORD approached Elijah as a "tiny whispering sound." Not through a "strong and heavy wind," not in an earthquake, and not in a fire. At hearing this tiny whispering sound, he "hid his face in his cloak."

A just society doesn't just happen. One doesn't wake up one day and find that a social structure of sin has been thoroughly toppled by an earthquake of equity. Rarely do the fires of fairness sweep through the structures of injustice overnight.

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CALENDAR 
AUGUST
 
Opportunities for catechesis and witness: Attend an event or connect a Work of Mercy with a special day in our faith and lives.

August 7 St. Cajetan: Workers and the Unemployed
Counsel the Doubtful

 
 
Matt Cato | Office of Life, Justice & Peace | mcato@archdpdx.org | (503) 234-5334

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