Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care
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.
Priests off the pedestal
A holy-card priest is not the best patron to lead 21st-century ministers into the future.
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
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
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?
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
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.
Signs of peace
Catholics around the world can inspire us with the many ways — both personal and political — through which they build peace.
Mary Mukanaho is a Tutsi in Rwanda. Her seven children and husband were killed in the 1994 genocide-by neighbors whom she had lived next to for 40 years. She survived because she happened to be out of the country at the time. She felt she was going mad and turned to alcohol to dull the pain. She was enraged to see her neighbors receive Communion with the very hands that had murdered her family.
Let's really go in peace
We need to break our personal and national addiction to violence if we hope to ever see an end to war.
To our modern ears the idea of heresy seems quaint and medieval-involving technical arguments about abstract matters. But I contend that heresy and its cousin apostasy are constructs of down-to-earth significance that we should keep in mind today. And for us Catholics, I submit, our chief heresy is violence.
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