US Catholic Faith in Real Life

She confronted the church’s role in slavery—and reconciled her faith

After this Catholic’s discovery about the past, she spoke truth to power and faith.

By Rosie McCarty | Print this pagePrint |
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In 2016 news broke that in 1838 Jesuits from Maryland sold nearly 300 slaves to help pay off debts for Georgetown University (then Georgetown College). While the revelation shocked the Georgetown and wider Catholic communities, Dr. Onita Estes-Hicks, a cradle Catholic from New Orleans and beloved former professor from the State University of New York (SUNY), was not fazed. She had known about the slave sale for more than a decade.

Nace and Biby Butler and their 12 children, all sold in 1838 by the Jesuits, were Estes-Hicks’ paternal ancestors. 

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For Lent, a prayer of gratitude for African American Christians

The African American Christian tradition is an urgent reminder that we must bring about a more just world.

By Kevin P. Considine | Print this pagePrint |
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As Black History Month winds to a close and Lent begins, conversion is on my mind.  Conversion is at the core of the way of Jesus. In the New Testament, the word translated as conversion is the Greek term metanoia, which means a complete change in belief and lifestyle.  As the opening words of the first-century catechetical manual the Didache state: “There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: [Following Christ].”

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New York’s bail reform promises to transform the lives of the poor

After the tragic death of Kalief Browder, New York is seeking a justice system based on common decency.

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Crime rates are hitting 30-year lows around the country, but mass incarceration remains a uniquely American problem. In fact, with just 4.4 percent of the world’s population, the United States maintains about 22 percent of the world’s total population of imprisoned people. Americans are jailed at a rate of 440 per 100,000 people—two to four times higher than peer industrialized nations.

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For good bishops, build a Marian church

Could our bishops be more like Mary, the mother of Jesus? Our good bishops already are.

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Why so many risk it all to cross the border

U.S. intervention has laid the groundwork for decades of civil war in Latin America that is driving migrants north.

By Kevin Clarke | Print this pagePrint |
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Watching a huddled mass escape Central America this fall inspired an urge among many to rush to the border with food and water, while others chose to politicize the spectacle with calumny and disdain. President Trump ginned up his base before the midterm elections by repeatedly describing the so-called migrant caravan as an “invasion.”

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What’s happening at the border is a crime against our collective humanity

When you bury a child, you bury the future.

By Father Bryan Massingale | Print this pagePrint |
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In TV courtroom dramas such as CSI or Law and Order, the medical examiner’s testimony often plays a key role. By examining a victim’s wounds, you can discern much about the circumstances surrounding a death. The body’s wounds can tell, for example, the kind of gun used in a crime, the time lapsed between the lethal event and the body’s discovery; the strength possessed by an aggressor; the size of the culprit’s hands, perhaps even a possible motive—such as wether the death was accidental or intended. All of this is revealed from an analysis of the body’s injuries.

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Want to fight for families on the border? Take a cue from these nuns

The fight to protect undocumented immigrants is tougher than ever, but two dedicated nuns show no signs of stopping.

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Just after sunrise on a below-freezing January morning, a huddle of people gathered outside a nondescript Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in the Chicago suburb of Broadview for a vigil the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) has been holding every week for more than 11 years. 
 

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How new laws are preventing voters from casting their ballot

By Kristen Hannum | Print this pagePrint |
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New laws restricting voting rights hit African Americans and the poor particularly hard. That, of course, is no coincidence.

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Full of surprises: Pope Benedict’s unexpected social justice legacy

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Pope Benedict kept us guessing—especially on matters of social justice.

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A mother's struggle with her son's incarceration

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Luisa Borrego didn’t know much about the prison system before her son, at only 14 years old, was arrested after being in the back seat of a car during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He was convicted of murder and now, at age 20, is serving a sentence of 50 years to life.

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