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.

How American Catholics can help Christians in the Middle East

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Ethic of Life Social Justice War and Peace

The ISIS blitzkrieg into northern Iraq last summer and the subsequent decimation of one of the oldest Christian communities of the church—coupled with the so-called Islamic State’s recent executions of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians—have earned Middle East Christians some attention, if not quite the respect, of the politicians, candidates, policy wonks and journalists inside the Beltway. The headlines are dramatic and betray a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness.


The Walter Scott shooting and use of police force

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
Catholic moral theologian—and former police officer—Tobias Winright offers his insight on when the use of lethal force by police in the line of duty is justified.

Seven steps for transforming your next mission trip

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Article Ethic of Life Parish Life Social Justice
Is your parish, school, or diocese planning a mission trip? Here are some recommendations to make it a better experience for all involved.

Executions are down and abolition may not be far behind

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c. 2015 Religion News Service

(RNS) It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. January was set to be the deadliest month for U.S. executions in 2015, but nine of the 15 executions were stopped. In an unprecedented wave, three of the deadliest states stopped executions planned for last month—Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. February has just begun, but nine of its 12 scheduled executions have been halted.


Undocumented failure: Why we must care for our immigrant brothers and sisters

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The father, in his rage and grief, told me that this country did not care about his son who lay dying.

Certain events in our lives get burned into our memories and become a part of us. Often these events happen at beginnings and endings: births and deaths. Perhaps because of the definitude of those moments, we recognize them as utterly important and crucial.


Tips for connecting with a loved one with Alzheimer’s

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Article Ethic of Life Seniors

As a child, Laura Anthony visited her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, every weekend after Mass.

“As a kid I never knew what to talk about,” she says. “It was so awkward.”

Years later, after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Anthony drove most weekends from Bradenton, Florida to provide care and company for her mom and dad in Citrus County.


For love of the game: Emphasizing justice in youth sports

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In youth sports, we shouldn’t just be in it to win it. Sometimes that means parents need to be sidelined so kids can just play.

When his daughter was playing youth basketball, Clark Power found himself serving as both parent and coach. He wanted his daughter, who was a good dribbler but shy and nervous in front of crowds, to be more aggressive and animated. He remembers running up and down the sidelines during one game, trying to engage her.


Finding the good life in retirement

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Article Ethic of Life Seniors
Retirement may seem like a long vacation, but making the most of those post-career years still takes plenty of hard work.

The death penalty in the United States: A timeline

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Article Ethic of Life Politics

In 2007 New Jersey became the first state to abolish the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976, joining 12 other states that never reintroduced the practice when given the option. While many other states weigh their options and as advocates continue to work toward full repeal, here’s a look back on the country’s history of capital punishment:


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