Archive for September, 2015

Reflections on the Pope’s Visit

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This week, DC and much of the US was buzzing with the presence of Pope Francis, tuning in to his speeches to the Congress and the UN General Assembly. This Pope has become the most popular in years, provoking dialogue among both Catholics and non-Catholics. His common sense and humane approach to many social issues that have allowed many to feel included again in the church.

Many here in Washington, DC noted that following his speech to a joint session of Congress, the Pope turned down many high profile invitations to lunch in order to join 300 homeless people being served by Catholic Charities. He spoke of Jesus being born without a home, and how St. Joseph must have struggled during this time. These struggles remain relevant today, and the Pope admonished that there is “no justification, whatsoever, for lack of housing.” This calling is important in many cities across the US, and also highlights the need for our work in Nicaragua building homes through our Homes of Hope program.

Aside from discussing the challenge of homeless, the Pope’s message to our political leaders was heartening. He reminded us that our shared goal is to make our country a better home for all citizens, saying:

“the challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience”

We hope that all our leaders will be inspired to collaborate toward our shared goal of creating a better nation for all, to understand that we are stronger when we value the least among us as our equal.

 

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Abortion Rights: on the frontier in Nicaragua

Pope Francis recently made headlines when he announced that parish priests would be permitted to forgive women for abortions if they show “a contrite heart.” A positive step to be sure, but one which reveals the hard line the Church maintains, even under Francis, on the question of a woman’s right to choose. In Nicaragua, where abortion (even therapeutic abortion) has been illegal since 2007.

The 2007 law outlawing abortion was passed, in part, at the behest of Nicaragua’s Catholic and Evangelical churches. It rolled back all allowances for rape, incest, and the health of the mother, a regression which brought the country back into line with its neighbors. Now a local group, Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir, are using the Pope’s recent announcement as a springboard for the cause of therapeutic abortion in Nicaragua.

The women behind the protest movement are petitioning their government and the Catholic Church to reinstate therapeutic abortions for cases of rape, incest, health of the mother, and economic hardship. To restrict a woman’s choice is a violation of her rights as a human being. To outlaw even therapeutic exceptions is inhumane and barbaric.

We at the Quixote Center stand with the women of Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir.

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