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Our place in the church isn't determined by politics or policy.

If there's one lesson Americans can take from the last 12 months of our political life, it's that something called "bipartisanship" is long dead and buried. If the recent national debate on health care is an indication, anyone "reaching across the aisle" is most likely trying to punch the person in the opposite chair.


The Sisters of Mercy aren't McDonald's

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Religious congregations are not franchises of the Vatican "central office." More like families than corporations, sisters have different missions, needs, and styles of life.

When the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious is discussed, two questions are asked repeatedly:

1) If religious have nothing to hide, why would they object to being investigated by the Vatican?


No forgiveness, no future: An interview with Archbishop Desmund Tutu

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In an interview from our archives (August 2000), Archbishop Desmond Tutu shares the lessons learned from chairing South Africa's Turth and Reconciliation Commission.

Use your inside voice: Why media shouting is bad for the pro-life cause

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The high pitch of pro-life advocacy could heed some old-fashioned parental guidance.

Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care

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While Catholic moral teaching on medical treatment has been in place for hundreds of years, the last three decades have seen increased development and debate.

Welcome center

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The first step to unity among the People of the Book is to gather in one place and sit down at one table.

System update required

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How would education expert Father Joseph O'Keefe, S.J. reboot Catholic schools if he could start from scratch? In a time and place not so far away, O'Keefe has imagined a Catholic school utopia where everyone is plugged into the same mission.

Sensitivity training: An interview with Rabbi Ruth Langer

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Catholics need to learn more about their Jewish brothers and sisters, Rabbi Ruth Langer says, so they don't make the same mistakes all over again.

Who do we think we are?

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The church isn't always the loving Body of Christ we imagine ourselves to be. James Carroll nevertheless defends our faith in God, who saves us imperfect human beings from ourselves.

One of the best people I know volunteers in a church-sponsored soup kitchen in a big city. I visited him recently and was deeply moved to watch as he and other volunteers graciously and respectfully served their "guests," beleaguered men and women who otherwise are treated as social outcasts.


Above and beyond the call

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U.S. women religious deserve better than the nunsense of a Vatican investigation.

It must be hard being a Sister in America. You spend a century creating a hospital system from scratch and educating generations of Catholic children of every race and class on a shoestring. Not only are you barely paid for your efforts, you occupy a decidedly second-class position on the Catholic totem pole.


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