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."

Our health care system needs a heart transplant

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
And our politicians need a brain transplant. Universal health care is the most compassionate option we have, argues a Catholic doctor, and it’s the smartest, most economical solution as well.

The Congo’s killing fields

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.

All kidding aside: When humor makes us think

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Article Culture Reviews
How do comics walk the fine line between being hilarious and hurtful? It’s all in the delivery.

Earlier this year the comic duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele landed on the cover of TIME with the accompanying headline, “The Case for Mockery.” In their essay, the pair behind the sketch comedy show Key & Peele charged that America had traded in its sense of humor for political correctness.

Out-of-body experience: Artificial intelligence and the spirit

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Article Culture Reviews
Flesh may be weak, but our skin is what holds us together and keeps us human.

Flying solo: Life as a single Catholic

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Article Culture
Being single doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you—it just means you’ve chosen a different path.

Grandma always said, “There isn’t a pot so crooked that you can’t find a lid to fit!” I don’t ever recall my grandmother actually saying this, but when my dad recently repeated this old adage, I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair. I was certain that I had heard every well-meaning, backhanded compliment about single people, but this one was new.

50 years ago in U.S. Catholic: The controversial kingdom of Walt Disney

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Article Art and Architecture Culture

By John E. Fitzgerald

This article appeared in the August 1964 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 30, No. 4, pages 13-18).

COMMENTARY: Freedom Summer volunteers inspired by more than just idealism

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Article Culture Social Justice

c. 2014 Religion News Service

(RNS) On June 2, 1964, while hundreds of Freedom Summer volunteers were still finishing their training in Oxford, Ohio, three civil rights workers went missing in Neshoba County, Miss.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee field secretary Bob Moses was charged with leading the project that would organize poor, black Mississippians to challenge the power structure of the South and upset the Democratic National Convention.

Listen and learn: The benefits of podcasts

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Article Culture
Sometimes the best conversations happen when we keep our mouths shut and our ears open.

When was the last time you really listened? If you’re anything like me, background noise is practically a necessity, something you hear for hours and hours every day. But listening—quieting your own thoughts to experience what someone else has to say—is much rarer.

On the Fourth, setting aside the ‘I’ for ‘us’

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Article Culture Politics

c. 2014 Religion News Service

(RNS) The New York Knicks have a dilemma: Hold on to high-scoring star Carmelo Anthony, the consummate me-first ball hog, or build their future on team players.

I am hoping new coach Phil Jackson gives Anthony his walking papers. The Knicks have been a poor basketball team with Melo’s I-am-the-man selfishness. They will be better with players who know how to work as a unit.