Author: Emily Reimer-Barry

Assaulted by the News: Why Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault Remains a Priority for Catholics

This is a tough election year for survivors of sexual assault. Not only has one of the candidates been caught on tape bragging about sexual assault (“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”- Donald Trump, 2005), which then prompted Anderson Cooper to ask him about it directly in the second debate (“You described kissing women without their consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault,” Cooper said. “You...

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Affordable Child Care Is Not Just a Political Issue. It is a Moral Issue.

Of all the campaign issues that are being discussed, affordable child care is one that is close to my heart. So I read with interest Hillary Clinton’s online fact sheet as well as Donald Trump’s “Childcare Reforms That Will Make America Great Again.” I hope that the candidates are able to elaborate on their position statements in tonight’s debate. But debates are not always the best place to highlight the nuances of a particular policy agenda, and it might not even come up at all, given the myriad issues facing our country and our world. What I want to argue...

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Voter Guides and the Call to Pay Attention

With 59 days until the U.S. Presidential Election, voters still have time to research the candidate’s positions and discern in conscience how to vote. Some voter guides already available include the USCCB’s Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (November 2015), NETWORK’s Priorities for a Faithful Budget, and the Paulist Fathers’ Statement on Moral Issues in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and Commentary on Civic Participation in the 2016 Presidential Election. What these and other guides have in common is the claim that, as stated in Forming Consciences, “participation in...

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Labor Day Confessions of a Working Mom

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do… Labor Day is as good a time as any to reflect on the challenges working parents face. I find it difficult to simply celebrate Labor Day without also recognizing how my job creates opportunity for sin in my life. While my confessions are my own, they might resonate with the experiences of other working parents. I love my job and I love being...

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