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

By Thomas G. Pretlow, M.D.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" gives hope in a cynical world

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Article Culture
When it first became available in early 2013, the Netflix original series House of Cards lost me at the prologue. The show, with its ultra-cynical take on Washington and American government, has completed three seasons with Kevin Spacey starring as plotting and ascendant politician Francis Underwood. 

Experiencing grace in times of failure

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Article Culture Prayer and Sacraments
One day during my sophomore year of high school, I found myself crying in the hallway. I had just left my chemistry class and was heading down the hall to my locker. When I got there, I opened it, stuck my head inside, and let myself have a good sob before I went to my next class. I remember this moment with vivid detail, even down to what I was wearing (JNCO wide-leg jeans with my favorite black T-shirt). The reason? I had earned a C on the first chemistry exam of the year.

Norman Francis: A legacy of change

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Article Culture
On April 4, 1968—the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated—Norman Francis was in Philadelphia meeting with leaders of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Francis, who had worked for 10 years in administrative positions for the sisters at Xavier University of Louisiana, had previously turned down two offers to become the university’s first black lay president. But on this historic day, he changed his mind. 

Would you like kale with that? New "fast casual" restaurants illustrate growing income disparity

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Article Culture Social Justice
In January, McDonald’s ran a TV spot for the Big Mac. It ridiculed foods currently popular with gourmands, including kale. “All vegetarians, foodies, and gastronauts: Kindly avert your eyes,” intoned the announcer. But only a few months later, the fast food giant was reportedly considering adding the leafy green vegetable to its menu after all.  

Ideologies and personal agendas collide in the film '71

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Article Culture Reviews
Directed by Yann Demange (Roadside Attractions, 2015)

Ten reasons to visit Jordan

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Article Art and Architecture Culture

Jordan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of your next travel destination. Surrounded by Israel, Syria, and Iraq, Jordan probably doesn't sound like a very safe family vacation. And there are a lot of people who agree with that assessment: In recent years travel to Jordan has fallen almost 50 percent.

Teaching our children real connection in a digital world

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Article Culture Marriage and Family

I used to have a neighbor, an elderly gentleman who walked up and down the streets of our quiet neighborhood most afternoons, ready to talk to whoever crossed his path. If he came upon you, you had no choice but to slow down and settle in for a good, long chat. Not that this was a burden. Gene was charming, a generous listener, and an easy presence. When I was a new mom, in that isolated stage of caring for a newborn, I would watch out the window for Gene to pass by and would hurry the baby into the sling so I could join him.