US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Separation anxiety

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The day after an evangelical Baptist preacher won the GOP primary, with religion set to again play a major role in the 2008 presidential election, Northwestern University history professor Gary Wills outlined the unsettled relationship between church and state in the United States. To those who say there is no separation in our country's founding document, Wills pointed out: "Separation is the only original part of our Constitution."

Here comes everybody else

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Our color in the Crayola box of "flesh tones" shouldn't determine our place in the church.

Corporate reorganizations have become so common that they hardly merit mention, even when the corporation in question is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB has been under steady pressure to reduce costs and has just completed a process of "streamlining." As anyone who's been reorganized or streamlined well knows, that means cutting staff and departments.


Ni aquí nor there

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They're not immigrants, but they don't feel fully "American" either: U.S.-born Latinos are struggling to find their place in the U.S. Catholic Church.

That all may be one

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As a novice, María Elena González wanted to be a "kitchen sister," just like the sister she admired. That was not, however, what was in store for her. Still, she wanted to be with the people, to work in a parish. She did work in Guatemala for a while. Later, she was happy serving the people of Lubbock, Texas as diocesan chancellor when she was called to have a still larger impact: to become the first woman president of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio.

Lab partners

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Instead of shooting rhetorical spitballs in the other's general direction, boosters of both science and religion should start sharing a desk.

Let's watch our language about gays and lesbians

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Official statements calling gays and lesbians "disordered" and "violent" do little to make them feel welcomed and respected in the church. A pastor argues that it's time to stop the name-calling and start treating gays and lesbians as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let's pray, pay, and have our say

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According to church teaching, all the people of God have the right-duty, even-to share their opinions on matters concerning the good of the church.

 

John Henry Newman was one of the most distinguished. Catholic intellectuals of the 19th century. Already an accomplished theologian within the Church of England, Newman became a figure of national controversy when he decided to become Roman Catholic in 1845.


Knock it out

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They say it’s lonely at the top, but it’s also lonely in the middle. That’s where Oblate Father Ronald Rolheiser often finds himself, trying to negotiate a peace between liberals and conservatives in the church.

 

Whether as president of a seminary, where the younger, more conservative students clash with older, more liberal faculty, or as a speaker, columnist, and author, Rolheiser is often seen as a bridge who can see both sides fairly and bring them together.


Battle fatigue

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Five years into the sex abuse crisis, some Catholics are growing weary, while others are cautiously optimistic.


Ni aqui nor there

By Agustin Gurza | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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They're not immigrants, but they don't feel fully "American" either: U.S.-born Latinos are struggling to find their place in the U.S. Catholic Church.

 


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