The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA called on the Senate to tackle economic inequality and raise the minimum wage on the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," an initiative introduced by former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In a joint letter to the Senate on Wednesday, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, wrote: "We urge you to consider closely any legislation that begins to heal our broken economy by promoting decent work and ensuring fair and just compensation for all workers.
"We write not as economists or labor market experts, but rather as pastors and teachers who every day, in our ministries and churches, see the pain and struggles caused by an economy that simply does not produce enough jobs with just wages." more >>
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) presented new initiatives to combat poverty, urging free market reforms, a shift of federal programs to the states, and a defense of America's traditional values.
"We certainly have a biblical mandate to care for the less fortunate, in government and as individuals," Rubio declared in a speech at the United States Capitol on Wednesday. Marking the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson's declaration of the "War on Poverty," Rubio applauded Johnson's efforts, but criticized him and the Democratic initiatives championed by President Obama for merely solving the surface concerns of poverty.
"For fifty years now, we have tried big government as a solution to poverty," Rubio noted, arguing that this experiment has failed. "Big government is only treating the symptoms, not the causes, of poverty," he declared. The senator argued that income inequality, the issue presented by President Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, is less important than income mobility. more >>
NEW YORK – The Bowery Mission, one of the oldest and largest faith-based charities in New York City, said it is sheltering hundreds of people at night and turning no one away as the city and large parts of America find themselves in a deadly freeze.
"Our primary concern at The Bowery Mission during weather like this is that people are not on the streets exposed and getting sick. This is certainly life-threatening weather, so we are taking it very seriously. Last night we had 179 people stay at our first floor, at our chapel and our dining hall," said James Winans, chief development officer at The Bowery, in a phone interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
In New York, the temperature reached single digits and into the negatives with wind chill in the morning, with Mayor Bill de Blasio urging residents to find a warm place to stay and not risk cold-related dangers such as hypothermia and frostbite. CNN reported that 15 deaths have been blamed on the cold stretching across the East and South so far, 11 from traffic accidents. more >>
A charity founded by the heirs of the major retail chain Walmart stand by their organization's support for a lobbying group that advocates for private school vouchers.
The Walton Family Foundation stands by its support for the Alliance for School Choice, an organization that lobbies for the advancement of alternatives to public school education.
Marc Sternberg, director of the foundation's systemic K-12 education reform focus area, told The Christian Post about the "motivation to invest in school choice." more >>
Two robbers broke into a New York City church the day after Christmas, stealing cash offerings out of its poor boxes and taking from its donation boxes.
Surveillance video from the Church of St. John the Baptist in Manhattan also shows two men inside the supply room, which they accessed by climbing over a fence and breaking a window Once there, the men notably overlooked valuable gold and silver chalices while looking in vain for unopened collection boxes. They also walked away with a church computer.
Helen Hinbint, a member of St. John the Baptist, said the robbery was disheartening for her. more >>
A Virginia megachurch situated near the District of Columbia will be holding its annual youth-centered New Year's Eve party to raise funds for charity tonight, with over 1,000 teens expected to attend.
The multi-campus congregation of McLean Bible Church will host the "New Year's Aid 2014" party Tuesday evening as the calendar year draws to a close. Billing itself as the "largest under-age party in the D.C. area for 6th-12th grade students," New Year's Aid will have several activities and entertainment for guests at the Vienna campus of McLean Bible.
Scheduled attractions will include illusionists Sean Amory and Brock Gill, Christian rapper Humble Tip, and activities like laser tag, crafts, Bingo, Karaoke, and dodge ball. more >>