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

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


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

By Molly Jo Rose| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


Teaching our children real connection in a digital world

By Molly Jo Rose| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


Why Iraq War films like ‘American Sniper' miss the mark

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Article Culture Reviews War and Peace
Even if you empathize with the film’s main character, American Sniper is still a one-sided tale of what some call America’s greatest foreign policy disaster.

A very strange convergence of events took place this February when American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Iraq War hero Chris Kyle, was up for most of the major Academy Awards, and in Texas, another Iraq veteran, Eddie Ray Routh, was on trial for Kyle’s murder.


Is the video game industry growing a conscience?

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Article Culture
Video games have expanded to include subjects like cancer and depression. Has the gaming industry grown a conscience?

A Jesuit astronomer’s guide to avoiding awful science fiction

By Brother Guy Consolmagno| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Culture
Sci-fi stories can transport readers to magical worlds beyond our imagination. But not all of them are worth the trip.

The prolific science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon is credited with formulating “Sturgeon’s Law.” Confronted with the undeniable fact that there’s an awful lot of rubbish published as science fiction, he replied, “Yes, 90 percent of all science fiction is crud; but then, 90 percent of anything is crud.”


Frank Underwood just dissed God. Would a real president do that?

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Article Culture

c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) All presidents beseech God to bless the United States of America. Many pray for divine aid for themselves or their policies. Some can only wonder at the inscrutable ways of the Almighty.

Then there’s Frank Underwood, who spits in God’s face.

Underwood is fictional, of course, the power-grabbing president and central character in the hit Netflix series “House of Cards.” And Underwood is a notoriously amoral — criminal, actually — practitioner of a realpolitik so brutal that nothing he does should be surprising.


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