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.

3 ways relics and artifacts can help us ‘find Jesus’

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Article Culture Scripture and Theology

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Why are we so fascinated with any historical artifact—relics, as some call them—associated with Jesus? Even the most suspect claim of a “lost” gospel or an “explosive” archaeological find that purports to shed light on the man from Galilee can generate a media frenzy, and gives believers—or skeptics—fresh evidence to try to finally win their argument while leaving their foes on the defensive.

What’s God got to do with football devotion? Plenty

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Article Culture

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Did God lift Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s overtime pass into the end zone on Sunday, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with a championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl? Millions of Americans may think so.

Does marriage matter to the millennial generation?

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Article Culture Marriage and Family Young Adults
Millennials are hesitant to pass judgment on the importance of marriage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in saying “I do.”

The closing scene of the Fox sitcom New Girl’s season premiere this fall struck a chord in me. Main character Jess and her roommates, Schmidt, Winston, Coach, and Nick, and her best friend Cece, dance around their L.A. loft’s kitchen removing the scores of wedding invitations fully covering the front of the refrigerator. (At the beginning of the episode, Jess is unable to even open the door, and sighs upon failing, “But I’m so hungry.”)

The faith in the ‘American Sniper' that you won't see in the film

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Article Culture Reviews War and Peace

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family.

But God doesn’t make a central appearance in the film American Sniper, which opens nationwide on Friday (January 16). The film offers a few similarities to Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s recent World War II epic about POW Louis Zamperini.

'The Roosevelts' shows that truth can be better than fiction

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Article Culture
In Ken Burns’ powerful new documentary, Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor need no embellishing.

Earlier this year President Obama admitted in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he watches the Netflix thriller House of Cards. The show follows Washington power couple Frank and Claire Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) as they scheme their way up the political ranks, all the way to the White House. 

Hollywood's hidden Christmas gems

By Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Culture Reviews Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
What makes a compelling Christmas movie—the season, the music, the characters? Maybe it is something else entirely.

A price worth paying? 'Ivory Tower' and the value of a college degree

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Article Culture Reviews Young Adults
As student loan debt surpasses U.S. credit card debt, documentaries ask the tough questions about a college education.

For at least the past 30 years, since the blue-ribbon report A Nation at Risk sounded an alarm about America’s underachieving school kids, the American middle class has been obsessed with education, from kindergarten to grad school, as the key to its children’s futures. As college tuition costs skyrocketed during those years, the high price only seemed to make the product more desirable.