Governmental policy and legislation report No. 17

Reflections on an immersion experience. Anyone who has not traveled the road of asylum seekers cannot appreciate the emotions that arise. An advocacy attorney for Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) chose to accompany a group of seekers led by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Columban Mission Center. Read Elnora Bassey’s reflections here.

Sensible regulation, sale and use of firearms. In a statement following adoption of the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Archbishop Paul Coakley, chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said, “The investments in mental health services and reasonable measures to regulate guns included in this bill are positive initial steps towards confronting a culture of violence.” The full statement is located here.

The Charter for Protection of Children and Young People is now twenty years old. Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, was president of the USCCB in 2002 when the Charter was adopted. Here is a report on his reflections twenty years later.

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