human dignity

Bp. Dewane: Health care laws must begin and end with human person

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., spoke with reporters ahead of a health care vote July 28 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate rejected legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — Throughout the summer, while Congress was looking for ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Catholic bishops have continually reiterated the need to put care for the human person at the forefront of any health care legislation.

"Concern for the human person is our beginning and end point," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, who has issued multiple statements on health care legislation in the past several weeks.

MO ABLE program meets long-term savings needs of people with disabilities

A new program in Missouri allows people with disabilities to save for long-term disability-related expenses via tax-free savings accounts.

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced the launch of the MO ABLE program in April. Similar to the 529 college savings plan, Missourians who contribute to ABLE accounts will be eligible for a tax deduction of up to $8,000, or $16,000 if married and filing jointly.

Fifty years later, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis

A woman and dog walked amid garbage along a street in 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blessed Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio” rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations.

WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.

Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive development of peoples" as "an object of deep interest and concern to the Church" in his encyclical "Populorum Progressio" ("The Progress of Peoples") that emerged in the years following the Second Vatican Council.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Called to respect the human dignity of each person

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph — foster father of Jesus and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I want to take the occasion to address something that I've been thinking about for a while: sexual harassment.

Spread the word: People with disabilities belong

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) spreads the Gospel by spreading the word that people with disabilities belong in the Church.

"By virtue of our baptism, everyone belongs," said Janice Benton, executive director of the NCPD. "If you recognize that and appreciate people for who they are and are open to those relationships, then we all will be the best Church we can be to each other."

Ex-offender faced homelessness until ministry lent help

Criminal Justice Ministry case manager, Doug Evans, and newly appointed executive director, Anthony D'Agostino, visited Robert at his South City apartment.  Robert has been in the program for six months, has a job and is ready to transition forward through the Release to Rent program. Evans meets with the men weekly and does inspections on their living situation, including making sure they have food in the refrigerator and a clean apartment.

Doug Evans, a case manager with the Release to Rent for Veterans Program, introduced program participant Robert Marshall to Anthony D'Agostino, and they shook hands.

D'Agostino took over earlier in July as the executive director of the Criminal Justice Ministry after Sister Carleen Reck's 17 years of leading the agency. The ministry, affiliated with the archdiocese and a recipient of funds from the Annual Catholic Appeal, is known for its success in reintegrating released inmates into society, especially through its housing programs that are combined with supportive case management.

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