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An Open Letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

An Open Letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia Catholics want “specific, achievable actions” and full investigation As the Roman Catholic Church reels from new revelations of the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, thousands of Catholics from various corners … Continue reading

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The End of the World as We Know It: Divesting from Injustice and Reinvesting in Another Possible World

by Edward Sloane Once upon a time, the conservative political commentator Francis Fukuyama said that with the collapse of the Soviet Union we had reached the end of history. Others joined the chorus; globalization had made the world flat and … Continue reading

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CCA Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) released a Statement on Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church in November 2017 following the death of Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP. The continued relevance of our 2017 statement could not be more … Continue reading

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Catholics Conduct Prayerful Witness at Good Friday Liturgy

(Wheeling, WV) — Two Catholic activists associated with the West Virginia chapter of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA), the Catholic Worker movement, and the Women’s Ordination Conference took part in a prayerful witness action at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in … Continue reading

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CCA February Update

CCA’s February update has been sent out via email, and is also available here. Check it out for announcements regarding upcoming events like our Cherokee Retreat and day of reflection for priests, as well as updates on CCA’s relations with … Continue reading

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Happy 2nd Birthday to the People’s Pastoral!

Happy birthday to The Telling Takes Us Home which was published two years ago today! 2017 has been a year packed with continued conversations about the pastoral, and we are looking forward to sharing the document and its message in new … Continue reading

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New Video on the People’s Pastoral

We are happy to share this new short video reflection on CCA’s “people’s pastoral” letter, The Telling Takes Us Home. Immersion and service groups coming to the Appalachian region may find this video particularly helpful. Please let us know how … Continue reading

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CCA, Bishop Stowe, Among Supporters of RECLAIM Act of 2017

Last week, religious communities sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing support for a bipartisan bill that could jump start economies in coal communities: the RECLAIM Act of 2017. The RECLAIM Act brings hope … Continue reading

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‘Faith, Hope, Love: Our Common Home’ Social Ministries Conference to be Held in South Charleston

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.—“Faith, Hope, Love: Our Common Home” Social Ministries Conference will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The conference is free and is being sponsored by the Diocese of … Continue reading

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CCA Co-Coordinators to Share Social Justice Message at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jeannie Kirkhope and Michael Iafrate, co-coordinators of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, are among the presenters sharing a message of social justice at the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The annual gathering, held this year from November 4-6 … Continue reading

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