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 politics aside: The drama of the television presidency

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Article Culture
In his 1988 Harper’s magazine essay, “The Reason for Stories,” novelist Robert Stone argued that fiction does for the collective unconscious of a culture what dreams do for our individual psyches. “The brain can’t function without clearing its circuits during sleep,” Stone wrote, “nor can we contemplate and analyze our situation without living some of the time in the world of the imagination, sorting and refining the random promiscuity of events.” 
 

How the ‘70s taught me to dig scripture

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By Father Robert Barron

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


"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.  
 

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