Shame, shame: When Catholic institutions fire single moms

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Article Ethic of Life Marriage and Family Women

While not all single mothers are financially strapped, the poverty rate for families headed by single mothers, at 42 percent, is almost three times the rate for the population as a whole and almost four times that of families headed by married couples, according to a 2010 report from the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.

So a job, especially a good job, is crucial for a single mom.

But in some cases single mothers can be fired just for being single moms—when they work for Catholic parishes, schools, or other religious organizations.


The need for both faith and reason in bioethics

By Father Myles Sheehan, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Myles Sheehan talks about why the promise of advances in biology and medicine need to be coupled with the insights of faith and reason.

The need for both faith and reason in bioethics

By Father Myles Sheehan, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Myles Sheehan talks about why the promise of advances in biology and medicine need to be coupled with the insights of faith and reason.

Understanding and responding to AIDS in Africa

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Article Ethic of Life Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality Women
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Father Benezet Bujo challenges us to consider the context of HIV-AIDS in Africa and to find meaningful solutions.

Read more scholars on today's signs of the times.

The church as family is the place where all members give to each other and nourish together the gift of life.


Good newsman

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Article Spirituality
Tim Russert did more than bring us the news. The host of Meet the Press also showed us how to take our jobs, our citizenship, and our faith seriously.

Mom vs. bomb: A mother of 12 lives out her faith through peace activism

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Article War and Peace Women
Jean Gump has been taking a stand against violence, even when it caused a blow-up at home.

Last fall, at age 85, Jean Gump was released from prison after being arrested and jailed with 12 other protesters. They were caught trespassing at an off-limits federal area at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, home of the atom bomb.


Vatican 2.0: A look ahead to the next 50 years

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology Sex and Sexuality Social Justice Spirituality War and Peace Women Young Adults
Fifty years after the game-changing council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times.

Rather than taking another nostalgic look back at the Second Vatican Council, the editors of U.S. Catholic decided to mark this month’s 50th anniversary of its opening by inviting some of today’s leading thinkers in the church to sketch out principles that might guide the people of God in responding to several new signs of the times.


Sleeping through genocide?

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice War and Peace
The world needs a wake-up call to save a population at risk of meeting a violent end.

What is happening today in the Nuba mountains is exactly a carbon copy of what has been taking place in Darfur—only even worse,” said Bishop Macram Max Gassis, spiritual leader of Sudan’s Diocese of El Obeid. Gassis was speaking outside the United Nations in New York in July and worrying over what he describes as a deliberate campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Nuba people of Sudan’s South Kordofan state.


Sleeping through genocide?

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Social Justice War and Peace
The world needs a wake-up call to save a population at risk of meeting a violent end.

What is happening today in the Nuba mountains is exactly a carbon copy of what has been taking place in Darfur—only even worse,” said Bishop Macram Max Gassis, spiritual leader of Sudan’s Diocese of El Obeid. Gassis was speaking outside the United Nations in New York in July and worrying over what he describes as a deliberate campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Nuba people of Sudan’s South Kordofan state.


Why social justice? ‘Because we’re Catholic’

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Article Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s “seamless garment of life” analogy is well known—and often criticized—for arguing that Catholic social teachings should be applied not only to abortion but also to capital punishment, economic and environmental injustice, war, and euthanasia.


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