Is social justice the same as socialism?

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Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Lately there have been accusations that a church with a social justice mission is one that supports socialism.

Conservative TV personality Glenn Beck told Christians, "I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice' or ‘economic justice' on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. . . . If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop."


What do Catholics believe about the devil?

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Article Scripture and Theology

The most popular explanation of Satan maintains that he is a fallen angel tempted by pride. He is said to be a seducer originally created as good and whose rebellion against the divine will is reflected in the temptation that he offered to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.


Registration deadline for Holy Land pilgrimage extended to Oct. 6

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Article Scripture and Theology
Follow in the footsteps of Jesus during an 11-day tour to the Holy Land in January 2015. Sponsored by U.S. Catholic  and Catholic Theological Union.

U.S. Catholic magazine and Catholic Theological Union (CTU) invite you to join us in an exciting new venture—our first joint pilgrimage to the Holy Land!


Do Catholics believe in the Rapture?

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Article Scripture and Theology
The second coming of Christ will be much different than how folklore and pop culture say it will happen.

What is the resurrection of the body?

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Article Scripture and Theology
Jesus got up out of the grave, but the resurrection of the dead is even bigger than that.

Can we call God 'Mother'?

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Article Scripture and Theology
In using maternal metaphors for God alongside the paternal ones, we embrace the fullness of God’s love for us.

Most Christians are familiar with referring to God as Father, but can we call God “Mother”? Many places in the Bible and Christian tradition as well as theological voices answer this question affirmatively: God can be referred to as “Mother.” In fact, every recent pope since John Paul I has made some reference to the value of understanding God like a mother.


Why do Catholics venerate Mary?

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Article Scripture and Theology
Mary the mother of Jesus has many titles, but why exactly is she so special?

In 2005 in Chicago, a young woman was driving home from work and looked at the wall of an underpass where she saw an image of the Virgin Mary. For a short while, “Our Lady of the Underpass” became national news and a local pilgrimage site. Where some saw a miraculous image, however, others saw a mere salt stain. 


Can women participate in the Holy Thursday washing of the feet?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Women and men were both participating in the ancient rite long before Pope Francis arrived on the scene.

Palm Sunday: An unnamed woman and her prophetic act at Bethany

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Women

I have no memory. Every Palm Sunday I join the parade of parishioners, waving palm branches and singing “Hosanna” as we process into church. Each year, I am utterly devastated then when the passion is read. The happy hosannas are drowned in the refrain “Were you there?” and I am reminded again that the way of Jesus is the way of the cross. Such is the emotional roller coaster that begins Holy Week.


What are the differences between the passion narratives in Matthew and John?

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Article Scripture and Theology

The editors of U.S. Catholic interview Father Donald Senior, C.P., professor of New Testament Studies and president emeritus of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of the forthcoming (November 2014) book Why the Cross? (Abingdon).

Read more from Senior on the reasons for Jesus’ crucifixion in "For us and our salvation" which appeared in the April 2014 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 79, No. 4, pages 28-31).


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