No. 1 -- Catholics and Culture
By David C. Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
In politics everyone wants God on their side. It’s an understandable urge as ancient as the Divine Right of Kings. In lieu of a divinity amidst our political leaders, we Catholics substitute Catholic Social Teaching. And that’s where the difficulty begins.
Just as Jesus encountered hostility when bringing His word into the cities of Israel, Catholic Social Teaching seems to be greeted likewise, even among and between Catholics. With the recent emphasis by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asking Catholics to analyze public issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, this body of Catholic thought has become a weapon of politics.
CCDBR David Aguillard and CSO Dr. Melanie Verges honored for Creativity and Spirit
Baltimore, MD— David Aguillard, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge(CCDBR) Executive Director, and Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Melanie Verges received a 2013 CRS Rice Bowl Award for their outstanding commitment to raising awareness of global hunger and educating Catholics in the United States about their brothers and sisters locally and in the developing world.
They were selected based on the creativity and enthusiasm with which they promoted the CRS-sponsored program in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The award was presented at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gather in Washington DC on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of CRS Rice Bowl for Lent 2013.
Catholic Charities offers these tips for helping after Hurricane Isaac
Baton Rouge—Hurricane Isaac has left much of South Louisiana flooded. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is currently assessing the damage and forming a response plan.
The people of South Louisiana are traditionally known for being some of the most generous in the country. Since the outpouring of support for the state after Hurricane Katrina, that tradition grew even stronger.