And God created Darwin

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology
Evolution isn’t just for scientists, argues this professor of theology. People of faith must selectively adapt to Darwin as well.

When Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago this month, no one could have guessed the impact his Origin of Species (1859) would have not only on science but on religion as well.


Fault lines

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Article Immigration
The immigration debate comes home to Catholic parishes

She brought her children here from her country because she feared gangs would kill them.

“I left because of the delinquency of El Salvador. The situation there is very delicate. A mother has instincts toward her children, and, well, I saw a very dangerous future for them,” Maria Ayala says.

The Salvadoran civil war—which killed some 70,000 from 1980 to 1992, including San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero—spawned gang violence by groups like Mara Salvatrucha.


Proceed with caution

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Article Vatican
Now is not the time to rush World War II's pope to a place among the beatified.

"But why now?" came the bewildered question from my fellow journalist, the editor of a Chicago Jewish newspaper. His query came at the end of a radio discussion about Pope Pius XII, the World War II-era pope whom many accuse of silence in the face of the genocide of Europe's Jews. Since I was the only non-Jew among the four journalists in the studio, I think I can be forgiven for feeling the weight of 40 years of improved Jewish-Catholic relations riding on my answer.


The Prophet’s daughters

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Women
There’s much in Islam that favors women, says this scholar. As sisters in faith Muslim and Catholic women can seek out such traditions together.

Syafa Almirzanah, a professor of comparative religion at Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, could have continued her studies anywhere in the Muslim world, but she chose Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Last spring she became the first Muslim to earn a doctorate from the school.


Postively pro-life

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Article Ethic of Life
Catholics must focus on the battle for hearts and minds to be successful in the effort to end abortion.

The United States will make history this month, inaugurating its first African-American president on January 20, a day that nearly coincides with another momentous event 36 years ago: the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that found a right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.


Morality check

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Article Scripture and Theology
The global fight against HIV and AIDS requires all the means at our disposal.

Thirty-three million. Twenty-five million. Eleven million. These numbers are worth contemplating as we commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1. The first is the World Health Organization’s estimate of those infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The second is the number of those who have died of AIDS since 1981. The last figure counts the children orphaned by the disease—in Africa alone.


Catholic and feminist: You got a problem with that?

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Article Women
Catholics ought to be loud and proud in the fight for women’s rights, argues a young feminist.

Foreign ministry

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Article Parish Life
The shortage of priests has made some places in the United States “mission territory,” drawing clergy the world over to a parish near you.

One would expect to be nervous in his situation, but his warm, frequent smiles make him seem at ease this evening.


The Word made digital

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Article Scripture and Theology
7 steps to a church worth connecting to.

I try to cover my shock and ask, “Who did you think St. Joseph was?”

“I don’t know. Like some saint.”

Bethlehem, shepherds, angels, manger, Magi, Baby Jesus, Mary: Did she miss all of them also?


Catholic high schools aren’t just for the rich

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Article Marriage and Family Social Justice
The high cost of Catholic education leaves many in the dust. One mother argues that it will take the whole church to pick up the children who are left behind.

Last fall I found myself planting a yard sign in front of a modest house in Toledo, Ohio. I thought about the high school girl the sign was celebrating. “Home of a new NDA Eagle!” it announced.


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