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.


Troubled Waters: A Catholic response to refugees

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Immigration Social Justice
April proved to be an incredibly cruel month for economic and political refugees attempting to escape conflict and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa via desperate Mediterranean Sea crossings. In two separate but typical incidents, more than 1,300 people were feared dead. Overloaded and unseaworthy watercraft capsized as rescuers approached, trapping scores below decks and tossing other migrants into the frigid seas.
 

Troubled Waters: A Catholic response to refugees

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Immigration Social Justice
April proved to be an incredibly cruel month for economic and political refugees attempting to escape conflict and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa via desperate Mediterranean Sea crossings. In two separate but typical incidents, more than 1,300 people were feared dead. Overloaded and unseaworthy watercraft capsized as rescuers approached, trapping scores below decks and tossing other migrants into the frigid seas.
 

Reading Socrates on the streets: Offering education to people in poverty

By F. Clark Power and Stephen M. Fallon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
The great books can inform and inspire people from all walks of life—even those who find themselves staying at a homeless shelter.

The Hebrew word for the poor is anawim, which in the Hebrew Bible literally means “little breaths.” Thinking of the poor as “little breaths” calls attention as much to a lack of power and influence as it does to a lack of material goods. Donald Trump once declared bankruptcy, but Donald Trump never lacked influence. He was never poor.


Has the church abandoned its support of unions?

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Why has the church gone silent in the face of recent attacks on organized labor?

Indiana’s bishops recently issued a letter deploring the continuing poverty in the state—a letter that could easily describe conditions in many other states around the country. To their credit, the bishops urged several measures toward mitigating the struggles of Indiana’s poor and countering poverty as a whole: more effective social service delivery and an exhortation toward a just wage and health care for all.


How American Catholics can help Christians in the Middle East

By Michael La Civita, K.C.H.S.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Ethic of Life Social Justice War and Peace

The ISIS blitzkrieg into northern Iraq last summer and the subsequent decimation of one of the oldest Christian communities of the church—coupled with the so-called Islamic State’s recent executions of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians—have earned Middle East Christians some attention, if not quite the respect, of the politicians, candidates, policy wonks and journalists inside the Beltway. The headlines are dramatic and betray a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness.


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