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Helping the Homeless is Everyone’s Responsibility

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Dorothy Day

“Me, you, everyone – should take care of them.”

In the early Church caring for the homeless was everyone’s responsibility, maybe it still is. Rick Hampson writes about the American Catholic radical, Servant of God Dorothy Day, and the idea of personalism in USA Today here: Helping the Homeless is Everyone’s Responsibility

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9.23
Misc: Pope Francis, the Prince of the Personal

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Pope Francis with Sofia Cruz

Catholics believe in something called personalism. Part of personalism is the idea that the person is a good towards which the only proper and adequate attitude is love. Read about how Pope Francis embodies personalism from David Brooks in The New York Times here: Pope Francis, the Prince of the Personal

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12.6
Eric Garner, Broken Windows and Depersonalization

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Garner protest

Simcha Fisher writes for The National Catholic Register on the murder of Eric Garner by police, and “broken windows” policies in general. She writes, “One of the horrors of the Eric Garner case is that the officer involved let himself hear the words ‘I can’t breathe’ eleven separate times, but he did not let go of the man’s neck. Garner is dead, and the officer has killed a man. . . This must end.” Read the whole piece here: Eric Garner, Broken Windows and Depersonalization. Watch a video about the case after the jump:

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3.17
Misc: The Francis Transformation: How the Pope Has Changed the Church

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Pope Francis cartoon

Theologian John C. Cavadini writes for The New York Daily News about how Pope Francis has changed the Church with his personalism.  Francis speaks to people not “abstract collectives.” Read the entire thing here: The Francis Transformation: How the Pope Has Changed the Church

 

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11.30
Pope Ramps Up Charity Office to Be Near Poor, Sick

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The Vatican Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski is the Vatican Almoner, a centuries old position that involves going out onto the streets of Rome at night to comfort the poor and the homeless.”This is the concept: Be with people and share their lives, even for 15, 30 minutes, an hour. . . . It has to cost you something.” Read more from ABC News here: Pope Ramps Up Charity Office to Be Near Poor, Sick

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