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CCA Releases Statement on American Health Care Act

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has released a statement opposing congressional efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implement the American Health Care Act (AHCA).   The entire statement, which was approved by the CCA Board of Directors, … Continue reading

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Fr. Les Schmidt Celebrates Jubilee Year

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) joins Glenmary Home Missioners in congratulating Fr. Les Schmidt as he celebrates 60 years as a Glenmarian this year. Father Les is a founding member of CCA, was instrumental in the development of the original Appalachian … Continue reading

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CCA Releases Statement on Reversal of Stream Protection Rule

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has released a statement opposing Congress’ recent reversal of the Stream Protection Rule which would have offered greater protections to waterways in proximity to surface mine sites and would have encouraged more adequate reclamation of mined … Continue reading

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CCA’s North Carolina Chapter Releases Statement on Clericalism

The North Carolina Chapter of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) has issued a statement of concern regarding the adequacy of local church leadership. Titled “Statement of Concern on Clericalism from Appalachian Catholics in the Smoky Mountain Region,” the statement … Continue reading

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CCA’s Bishop Liaison Issues Statement on Executive Order on Immigration

Lexington Bishop John Stowe, who serves as Bishop Liaison for the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, issued a statement on the Trump administration’s recent executive order on immigration. The statement, published on January 30, 2017, reads as follows: Bishop John Stowe, … Continue reading

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First Birthday of the People’s Pastoral!

                      The Catholic Committee of Appalachia celebrates the first anniversary of the People’s Pastoral, The Telling Takes Us Home! Help us celebrate by sharing the image above on social media, and by … Continue reading

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Standing Rock and Cherokee Spirituality

The ongoing indigenous-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is perhaps the largest and most diverse tribal action in a century or more. Standing Rock has captivated the attention of people throughout the world, including people of diverse faiths … Continue reading

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CCA Congratulates ISN Award Winner Danny Swan

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia congratulates our friend Danny Swan, co-founder of Wheeling, WV’s Grow Ohio Valley (GOV), for his receipt of the Ignatian Solidarity Network‘s 2016 Moira Erin O’Donnell Emerging Leaders for Justice Award. The O’Donnell Award honors young adults who … Continue reading

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West Virginia Chapter Releases Statement on Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

This weekend, several Catholic dioceses across the country will participate in the second triennial collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). This non-territorial diocese, founded in the 1985 by Pope John Paul II, provides pastoral services to members … Continue reading

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Bishop Stowe on Faithful Citizenship

Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s Bishop Liaison, Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky, has written an important piece on this year’s presidential election in the Lexington diocesan paper, Crossroads. Here is an excerpt: My mailbox has been flooded lately with very sincere…letters … Continue reading

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