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."


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.


Can you question the Virgin Birth and still be a Christian?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin—and (some believe) remains one even after she delivers a strapping baby boy. 

That’s the story of the Virgin Birth, one of the central tenets of faith for the world’s 2 billion Christians. The story is embraced by every branch of Christianity, from Eastern Orthodoxy to Mormonism, Catholic, and Protestant.


20 years ago in U.S. Catholic: May the circle be unbroken: Why Catholics treasure their saints

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

By Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.

This article appeared in the November 1994 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 59, No. 11, pages 12-16).


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.


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