Catholic Charities can bridge US factions, says NYC forum

(NCR Online) In a nation divided by extremists left and right, Catholic Charities works in the center, where Catholics can be examples of justice while serving a pluralistic society.

Catholic Charities as a bridge to disparate factions was a unifying metaphor at a Sept. 26 discussion at the Sheen Center here, part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. The event was called the Edward Cardinal Egan Forum in honor of the late archbishop of New York.

“As the church in 2017, we are now back on the edge,” said Fr. Bryan Hehir, Harvard professor and secretary for health care and social services for the Boston Archdiocese. He is a widely published author and speaker on Catholic social teaching.

Hehir, the keynote speaker at the event, noted that Catholic Charities began in the 19th century devoted to exclusively serving Catholics, and then developed in the post-World War II era as a mission to all, funded in part by corporations and government as Catholics themselves emerged into leadership roles in the wider culture. But that era is now changing once again. [More]


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