Immigration challenges church to respond with courage

National Catholic Reporter
‘Tell them to come to the church,’ speaker tells conference attendees
By Pat Marrin Immigration and the Church

Sr. Mary McCauley accompanies Rosa Zamora and her daughters, who wait to meet their father two-and-half years after the Postville raid.

SAN ANTONIO — Sr. Mary McCauley, her silver hair framing a classic Irish face, could easily seem a diminutive nun in her 70s looking at retirement after a lifetime in the classroom or convent administration.

But circumstances and, she would say, divine providence put her at St. Bridget Church as pastoral administrator in May 2008, when hundreds of FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swooped down on the tiny town of Postville in northeastern Iowa to round up hundreds of undocumented -— mostly Guatemalan —- workers at a kosher meat-processing plant. Continue reading Immigration challenges church to respond with courage

The State of the Union vs The State of the Spirit


We present Robert Scheer’s critique of President Obama’s State of the Union talk last night, followed by Rabbi Michael Lerner’s analysis of the State of the Spirit. Both have important elements of truth, and Lerner’s remarks appear in the Winter 2011 issue of Tikkun and were written over a month ago. Yet Lerner’s approach, if applied to Obama’s talk, would agree with many of Scheer’s points, yet take a more compassionate approach, balancing Scheer’s correct righteous indignation with a larger view of the crisis facing the human race. Continue reading The State of the Union vs The State of the Spirit

DR Congo: Firms linked to conflict minerals may face prosecution

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

A new legal framework has been put forward by lawyers and human right activist to enable prosecutors to charge firms engaged in illicit exploitation of resources in conflict zones. It is believed that if national prosecutors start prosecuting pillage as a war crime, the activities of firms will be checked. However, this proposal still faces some hurdles. Continue reading DR Congo: Firms linked to conflict minerals may face prosecution