I hope all religious institutions and organizations will consider their relationship to the Occupy movement, and take this occasion of a global social movement to ask themselves how their traditions of spirituality relate to their actions for justice and their works of mercy. More specifically, I ask Catholics and Catholic institutions to consider how the witness to a different economic order through the Occupy movement is congruent with Catholic commitments to love God in public, or in other words, to live justly with an untiring, and even today still radical, commitment not to individual good or the good of special interests alone, but to the common good. Catholic organizations: you have resources that the Occupy movement in your area might need. Will you prayerfully consider that? For more on this call for Catholic assistance, as well as updated pictures from Occupy Wall Street, especially of the Sacred Space there, please see here.
Tom Beaudoin, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York