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."


Do Catholics believe in evolution?

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Article Scripture and Theology
Imagine if we were able to see evolution as a sign of the unlimited potential of God’s creation, rather than a threat to our limited point of view. 
 
For the biblical literalist, the theory of evolution is problematic because it appears to contradict the stories found in the earliest chapters of Genesis. But is literalism the best approach to understanding scripture? The Catechism of the Catholic Church discourages literalism when it encourages believers to recognize the various literary genres found in the Bible.
 

Confessions of a bad Catholic

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Article Scripture and Theology

By Ann LeBlanc

This essay appeared in the January 2005 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 70, No. 1, pages 34–35).

I’m not a good Catholic.

I can be arrogant, intolerant, and self-centered. I’m judgmental, I swear, and I can (and do) say perfectly horrible things about nice people in very entertaining ways. I don’t get really enraged too often these days, but when really ticked off I’m good at saying artistically nasty things. When disappointed or hurt or frustrated, I try to make God feel bad by shunning him. I’m critical and selfish.


How the ‘70s taught me to dig scripture

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Article **Culture Scripture and Theology

By Father Robert Barron

This essay appeared in the February 2000 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 65, No. 2, pages 18–21).


Who was the historical Jesus?

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Article Scripture and Theology
In the 21st century, facts, especially provable facts, are often superior to truth and memory preserved in the simple telling of stories. Our spiritual ancestors felt differently. The memories preserved in the gospel stories may not all be provable facts, but that doesn’t mean they’re fiction either.
 

Will the real Jesus please stand up?

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Article Scripture and Theology
Meet the many different portrayals of Jesus

It's not always easy for Catholics to develop a relationship with Jesus, as some try to mold the Son of God to fit his or her own needs. There's blond Jesus and black Jesus, socialist Jesus and capitalist Jesus, and even athlete Jesus and homeless Jesus. So how, exactly, do we experience Jesus in 2015? It's kind of all over the place--in fact, there's practically a Jesus for just about anyone:


3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

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Article **Culture Scripture and Theology

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact—relics, as some call them—associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the man from Galilee can generate a media frenzy, and gives believers—or skeptics—fresh evidence to try to finally win their argument while leaving their foes on the defensive.


Susan Ross on women in Catholic higher ed

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

When Susan Ross first broke into the world of academia as a Catholic theologian, she was one of the few women in what had traditionally been a male-dominated field. In fact, it had only been about a half-century since women were even admitted to study in graduate-level theology programs at Catholic institutions, no less teach in them. This made Ross, as she puts it, a “curiosity” when she first started her teaching career 35 years ago.


Constructing a new theology of women

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Article Scripture and Theology Women
How can a church with all-male leadership develop the “deep theology of women” Pope Francis called for? Step one: Ask women.

A traditional Chinese proverb teaches that “women hold up half the sky.” Women also hold up half the church. This truth may have been on Pope Francis’ mind when he told reporters in July 2013, “I think that we haven’t yet come up with a deep theology of the woman in the church.” 


What is the communion of saints?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

Borrowing from the Letter to the Hebrews and from theologian and Sister of St. Joseph Elizabeth Johnson, we can imagine the communion of saints as a giant stadium of people, all of whom have run, or are running, a great race. As each of us takes our turn at the starting line, we are lifted up by the love and encouragement of all those who know well the challenges ahead of us and who have stayed to accompany us and cheer us on.


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