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.


Save the mothers

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
The well-known international aid group Save the Children offered up an unusual Mother’s Day present this year. Instead of buying flowers, it issued a warning that American mothers—and fathers and sisters and brothers—should take to heart. In its annual release, “State of the World’s Mothers,” Save the Children reports that among countries with advanced economies, the United States is the worst place to be a mother.
 

Ignorance, indifference, and fear

By Father Bryan Massingale| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
August 9, 2015, marks the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American man, barely 18 years old, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His tragic death, and the vigorous protests and national attention it spurred, would be enough to justify a pause for reflection. But his death does not stand alone.
 

Building dynamic faith communities in surprising places

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Article Parish Life Social Justice

An interview with Father Jack Wall, the president of Catholic Extension

Have you missed the excitement in Browning, Montana? Camden, Mississippi? French Camp, California? In each of these towns stands a Catholic community that is young, vibrant, afire with ideas and energy. Doubt it? Spend five minutes talking to Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension.
 

Stop the Catholic firing squad

By Scott Alessi| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Sex and Sexuality Social Justice
Shaela Evenson was about to begin her ninth year teaching at Butte Central Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Helena, Montana when she became pregnant with her first child. The news was at first met with enthusiasm and encouragement from the school principal, who gave no indication that being unmarried and pregnant would put Evenson’s job at risk. But just a few months later—less than two months before giving birth to her son—Evenson was fired.
 

A return to Catholic Action

By Father Bruce Nieli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

Would you like kale with that? New "fast casual" restaurants illustrate growing income disparity

By Nicholas Liao| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article **Culture Social Justice
In January, McDonald’s ran a TV spot for the Big Mac. It ridiculed foods currently popular with gourmands, including kale. “All vegetarians, foodies, and gastronauts: Kindly avert your eyes,” intoned the announcer. But only a few months later, the fast food giant was reportedly considering adding the leafy green vegetable to its menu after all.  
 

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