Is social justice the same as socialism?

By Kathy McGourty| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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."


Is social justice the same as socialism?

By Kathy McGourty| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


Why Oscar Romero's martyrdom is long overdue

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Though his critics persist, Óscar Romero’s martyrdom has finally been recognized.

Just before Robert White was dispatched as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador in 1980, he attended a National Security Council meeting that included a lively discussion of how much Archbishop Óscar Romero was screwing up U.S. Central American strategy. The archbishop’s “anti-American sermons, his politicizing of religion, and his incitement to rebellion” had been noted by an increasingly apprehensive Carter administration.


A study in black and white: Justin Simien's ‘Dear White People'

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Article Reviews Social Justice
Justin Simien’s Dear White People hammers home the message that everyone is always more complicated than the color of their skin.

Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August, race has been back on the American screen, at least the small one. Events in Ferguson have provided TV news with images that seem to recapitulate the past half-century of racial struggle—from police violence to nonviolent sit-ins to outraged burning and looting.  


African American Catholics and the quest for racial justice

By Father Bryan Massingale| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Social Justice
Black Catholics must challenge their fellow believers to live up to the church’s moral teachings on issues of race.

It's time to decriminalize mental illness

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Calling police to deal with people suffering from mental illness is a recipe for disaster.

Why affirmative action should be a major requirement for colleges

By Tanya Kateri Hernandez| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
By removing unconscious discrimination from the admissions process, universities can give all students an equal chance of acceptance.

10 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Are you a social sinner?

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Article Social Justice

An interview with Father Bryan Massingale

This article appeared in the February 2005 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 70, No. 2, pages 18-22).

Catholic social teaching has been called the church's best-kept secret, but the biggest secret of all may be the church's teaching on racism, says moral theologian Father Bryan Massingale in an interview with the editors.


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