Fast Food

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Abstaining from chicken nuggets and burgers during Lent can teach us about caring for animals, our neighbors, and the Earth as much as it does about self-control.

I once thought that to be Catholic meant to eat meat. It wasn’t a holiday without Mass, Polish sausage, and turkey or ham. Even my family Christmas cookie recipe’s secret ingredient is lard. God gave us dominion of animals. Meat on our plate is God’s delicious gift to us.


Understanding and responding to AIDS in Africa

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Article Ethic of Life Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality Women
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Father Benezet Bujo challenges us to consider the context of HIV-AIDS in Africa and to find meaningful solutions.

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The church as family is the place where all members give to each other and nourish together the gift of life.


Women and authority in the church

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican Women
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, professor Phyllis Zagano examines the possibility of women deacons.

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Responding to clericalism and sex abuse

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, Scott Appleby responds to clericalism and sex abuse.

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Let's Get Political

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Article Politics
How parishes can successfully navigate this election year and promote faithful citizenship.

Considering Christian-Muslim encounters

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Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald considers the importance of Christian-Muslim encounters.

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Vatican 2.0: A look ahead to the next 50 years

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology Sex and Sexuality Social Justice Spirituality War and Peace Women Young Adults
Fifty years after the game-changing council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times.

Rather than taking another nostalgic look back at the Second Vatican Council, the editors of U.S. Catholic decided to mark this month’s 50th anniversary of its opening by inviting some of today’s leading thinkers in the church to sketch out principles that might guide the people of God in responding to several new signs of the times.


General principles of Vatican II

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The church is a mystery, or sacrament, and not primarily a means of salvation.

The church is the whole People of God, not just the hierarchy.

The whole People of God participates in the mission of Christ, and not just in the mission of the hierarchy.

The mission of the church includes service to those in need, and not just the preaching of the Gospel or the celebration of the sacraments.

The church is truly present at the local level as well as at the universal level. A diocese or parish is not just an administrative division of the church universal.


Major Documents of Vatican II

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1. Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium): The church is a mystery, or sacrament, the whole People of God, in whose service the hierarchy is placed. The authority of pope and bishops is to be exercised as a service and in a collegial mode. Bishops are not simply the vicars of the pope, and the laity participate fully and directly in the church's mission.


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