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Father Mike Fights For Chicago’s South Side

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Fr. Mike with kids at St. Sabina's

An activist priest, Fr. Mike Pfelger, has been fighting for his mostly African-American parishioners on Chicago’s South Side for over 40 years. Read about it in The New Yorker here: Father Mike Fights For Chicago’s South Side

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TCC Playlist: Bullets for the New-Born King by Elvis Costello

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Elvis Costello

“I’m so sorry for the things I’ve done.”

Elvis Costello is no longer a practicing Catholic, though he has said in interviews that he is grateful to have been brought up in the faith. “I mean, nuns taught me to read. That was my fortune.” Given the problem with violence in this country — which has many causes, from the proliferation of firearms to the breakdown of family and community — lately I’ve found myself listening to, “Bullets for the New-born King” from the 2010 album “National Ransom.” Listen after the jump:

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The Cost of Gun Violence in America & Prayer Shaming After The Most Recent Shooting

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California Shootings

“Every social justice movement in the U.S. has had strong supporters from religious communities.”

The US Catholic Bishops agree that gun violence is a life issue. People use guns to kill 33,000 Americans each year and injure over 80,000. The San Bernadino shooting was the 355th mass shooting this year. 336 days, 355 mass shootings. See the charts here: 13 Charts on Gun Violence in America. Mother Jones has the story here: The True Cost of Gun Violence in America. And read Emma Green in The Atlantic: Prayer Shaming After the Most Recent Mass Shooting in San Bernadino. Advent prayers for peace after the jump:

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