US Catholic Faith in Real Life

What would a democratic church look like?

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The  20TH Century, punctuated by the reforms of Vatican II, has offered hope to the Catholics who would like to see the church renew it's democratic spirit.  But what would "a democratic Catholicism" look like? It would not, could not, look like our modern political process. And not just anyone could run for office. But why not?

Faithful departures: How Catholics face the end of life

By Robert J. McClory| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

In these latter years of the 20th century, matters related to "letting go" or not letting go have attained great prominence. The slogans can be as confusing as they are diverse: right to life; right to privacy; death with dignity; physician-assisted suicide; euthanasia; palliative care. Scarcely a week goes by without some development in the debate over what must be done or not done for the dying.

Huddled masses: The history of our immigrant church

By Moises Sandoval| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

One night in 1967, Marcelino Ramos entered the United States illegally in the trunk of a car. Crammed with him as the smuggler's car crossed the border without incident from Tijuana, Mexico were his wife, María, his 7-year-old son, Humberto, and his 5-year-old daughter, Rosa. It is the heat that Humberto, now the assistant director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, most remembers.

"I always tell people that I am a wetback, not from swimming the river but because I was wet with sweat."

Let's stick up for our imperfect church

By Kevin Doyle| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

This is a test. Please concentrate. What name pops up when you think: Catholic Church and science? OK, try another. The Catholic Church and literature; what's your first association? The church and women's equality; what's the topic? Think about the church and trials; what institution springs to mind?


My greatest hope

By Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B. on the church in the world
People all over this globe, with all their racial and cultural differences, have to learn to live together in peace and work for the common good of all. My hope would be that the church would show by example how people of different cultures and races can respect one an-other's legitimate differences and live as a creative global organism.

Opposites Distract

By Bob Zyskowski| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

IT'S A PRIZE FIGHT-progressive Catholics against traditional Catholics,liberals against conservatives. But while the boxers slug it out inthe ring, who is paying attention?

Does anyone care about the outcome? Do the people in the stands-er,pews-even identify with the factions in the church in theUnited States? Does it matter to ordinary Catholics that their churchis polarized? Should it matter?

Caught in the middle

We can be better than bitter

By Tom McGrath| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Rome is an amazing city. I lived there as a college student years ago. I was just 20 at the time, and it was an eye-opening experience for a kid who'd led a somewhat sheltered life. Though Rome is home to Vatican City, the curia, thousands of priests and nuns, and many more churches than you can easily count, it's also a very secular city with a centuries-old habit of catering to human as well as spiritual hungers and yearnings. The whole parade of human emotions and behaviors coexist in Rome, and it seemed to me as if there was room for everything and everybody.

We need to revise our perfidious views

By Mary C. Boys| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

Let's get right to the heart of the matter and talk about the fancy "S word." What exactly is "supersessionism," which you say is at the core of Christian anti-Judaism?
I'm sure most people are not familiar with this term, but once it's explained, it's easy to understand: Supersessionism is derived from the Latin supersedere-to sit upon, to preside over-and describes the Christian claim that Christians have replaced the Jews as God's people because the Jews rejected Jesus.

''Brothers and Sisters to Us''

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Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of the family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of race. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor for the exercise of human rights. . . .