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.


Dare not to share

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Article Culture Reviews
Social media is great for keeping in touch, but some moments are more meaningful when experienced offline.

This summer I became well acquainted with the value of white noise. I quickly learned there’s nothing worse than a quiet house when you have a brand-new baby. So, we run fans. PBS is constantly playing on our TV. We never wait to run the dishwasher, and we encourage normal talking when we have visitors.


Gene Luen Yang's comic consciousness

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Article Art and Architecture Culture
An epic quest for cultural identity unfolds in the pages of Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novels.

When Pope John Paul II canonized 120 Catholics from China in 2000, a Chinese American Catholic community celebrated in San Jose, California. Graphic novel author Gene Luen Yang recalls his parish’s elation that 88 of the new saints were ethnically Chinese. “It was the first time the Catholic Church had acknowledged Chinese Catholics in this way,” he says.


Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics are not amused

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Article Culture Women

c. 2014 Religion News Service

ROME (RNS) Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows.

Italy’s Catholic bishops are furious about controversial artistic depictions of the popular Barbie and Ken dolls as the Virgin Mary and a crucified Jesus Christ and other saints.


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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By John E. Fitzgerald

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


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