The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church

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By Charles E. Curran (Georgetown University Press, 2011)

Catholic social teaching has been described as the church’s “best kept secret,” and 130 years after Pope Leo XIII published the church’s first social encyclical dealing with the rights of workers, Father Charles E. Curran argues that the U.S. Catholic Church has still not put the church’s social teachings and mission front and center, where they belong.


Neon Blue Bird

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Ollabelle (Thirty Tigers, 2011)

On the first track of the new Ollabelle album, a clavinet, sounding like an electrified mouth harp, hacks out a riff that echoes “Rag Mama Rag” by The Band. It’s a promising reference point until you realize that’s Amy Helm singing the lead, and her father, Levon, was the main voice of The Band.


USC Book Club: The Monastery of the Heart

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September 2011:

The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life

By Joan Chittister

Review: In her new book, The Monastery of the Heart, Erie Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister not only adapts the almost 1,500-year-old Rule of St. Benedict and the lessons she herself has learned in her own monastery to life in the 21st century, along with her community she is attempting to launch a whole new monastically inspired movement for today’s seekers.


The King of In Between

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Garland Jeffreys (Luna Park Records, 2011)

OK, so the guy’s 68 years old, and it’s been about 15 years since his last record. And his sound is still anchored to a guitar-centered rock/reggae/soul amalgam he forged 37 years ago. “So?” as they would have said in Garland Jeffreys’ old Brooklyn neighborhood, “You wanna make something of it?”


Buck

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Directed by Cindy Meehl (Sundance Selects, 2011)

In Genesis 2 God responds to Adam’s isolation by creating animals to provide the lonely human with companions. Ever since, friendships formed with other creatures have nurtured our souls and reminded us how to befriend our human neighbors. Unfortunately, when we have forgotten how to be friends to animals, it often means we have lost that gift with people as well.


Will There Be Faith?

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By Thomas H. Groome (HarperOne, 2011)

Toward the end of his public ministry, Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). Religious educator Thomas H. Groome hopes to ensure that Christian faith will endure for future generations.


US Catholic Book Club: Where the Hell is God?

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Where the Hell is God?

By Richard Leonard, S.J.
Foreword by James Martin, S.J.

Review: An earthquake in Haiti, a tsunami in Japan, a child stricken with leukemia: What kind of God would allow such things? Jesuit priest Richard Leonard's own experience of family tragedy forced him to ask that question. He never discovered the "right" answer, but he knows a bad one when he sees it, and he explores seven of them.


TV's not a black-and-white issue

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Sister Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul who directs the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, talks about television being more than just a boob tube but a moral laboratory.

It's a safe bet that Sister Rose Pacatte watches more TV and movies than you do. She even has TiVo, which only seriously addicted TV watchers will admit to. If you asked her about this, she would say, "Hey, it's all part of my job!" And you might nod and say indulgently, "Of course it is, Sister."


Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice

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Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice
By Deena Guzder (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011)

In her collection of profiles, Divine Rebels, Deena Guzder seeks to dispel the assumption that religion causes nothing but problems in modern society.


Hard Bargain

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Hard Bargain
Emmylou Harris (Nonesuch Records, 2011)

Emmylou Harris’ Hard Bargain is the joyous, bittersweet album that a 64-year-old country-rock legend should make. It looks backward to her beginnings (“The Road”) and mourns the dead (“The Ballad of Emmett Till”), but it also looks out on the present with compassion for all living creatures—a homeless man (“Home Sweet Home”), the victims of Katrina (“New Orleans”), and even a “Big Black Dog.”


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