US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A Catholic doctor’s Good Samaritan plan

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When I give talks on health care reform to faith communities, I often use the parable of the Good Samaritan.

After the priest and the Levite have passed by an injured traveler, the Samaritan man is moved with compassion, providing first aid and then medical care for the stranger. The parable poignantly exemplifies the core tenet of our Catholic social teaching: the respect for human dignity. Sadly, the United States is alone among industrialized societies in its failure to recognize the fundamental right to health care that human dignity demands.


Michael Denson: Walking the last mile with death row inmates

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Michael Denson lives in a state where 87 percent of the residents support the death penalty.

As far as the Frisco, Texas man is concerned, that's all the more reason for him to devote his spare hours to serving a population that his fellow Texans would just as soon see disappear.


How do you say "pro-life" in French?

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The politics of abortion in Europe is both more complex and more nuanced than on this side of the Atlantic.

Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care

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While Catholic moral teaching on medical treatment has been in place for hundreds of years, the last three decades have seen increased development and debate.

Let your conscience be your guide: 7 steps to making good end-of-life decisions

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Making decisions about end-of-life care can feel emotionally and spiritually overwhelming, especially when the decisions are for someone else.

Deathbed confusion: Struggling with decisions at the end of life

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When it comes to caring for the terminally ill, Catholics sometimes struggle to decide when enough is enough.

Life support: U.S. Catholic readers on what it means to be pro-life

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The pro-life movement is hardly monolithic, those responding to U.S. Catholic's Reader Survey reveal, and that's a good thing. Activists, nurses, priests, and parents are all needed to create a culture of life.

Two things become immediately apparent whenever Catholics are tapped to discuss the role of faith in defending human life.


With liberty and health care for all

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In this article from the U.S. Catholic archives, Kevin Clarke explored the state of our U.S. health care in 2004, capturing the effects of a crisis that we're still trying to solve five years later.

Prenatal testing

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The preselection technology that will advance the future's construction of the perfect child already exists. Prefertilization genetic screening and prenatal testing have instituted a de facto "quality control" filter into the process of human reproduction, says Jeannie Hannemann, a family life minister and one of the founders of the Elizabeth Ministry, an international mentoring service for women during pregnancy.


Death takes a holiday

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But the question is whether executions will take a permanent vacation in the United States.

Something didn't happen in October that you may not have noticed not happening. For the first time in three years, no one in the United States was executed by the state. Confronted by mounting evidence that "improvements" in the process of state-administered homicide may not be as merciful to the condemned as advertised, the U.S. Supreme Court gave notice to America's judiciary that it intended to review the process.


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