African American Catholics and the quest for racial justice

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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

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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.


Practice what you teach: Do universities need a lesson in ethics?

By James Keenan, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Our universities are failing to follow their own lessons when it comes to ethics.

What is the preferential option for the poor?

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Article Social Justice

I have a friend who is a permanent deacon. He’s a former Marine, and though he is wonderfully kind, he can also turn on his military face and voice to let you know when he means business. One Sunday at Mass, he preached a homily about prayer, particularly about praying for the poor. He had on his game face that day, and at the end of his homily he leaned in close to the microphone and said in a terrifyingly stern whisper, “I know you are all busy. But you can give 30 minutes of your God-given breath to pray for the poor.”


Oscar Romero declared a martyr as Vatican inches him toward sainthood

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Article Hispanic Catholics Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Social Justice Vatican

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Archbishop Oscar Romero, the hero of the Catholic left who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, is inching one step closer to sainthood after his case languished in bureaucratic limbo for decades.

According to the Italian Catholic bishops daily, Avvenire, a panel of theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has ruled unanimously that Romero should be considered a martyr, or murdered “in odium fidei” (Latin for “hatred of faith”).


The shameful silence surrounding sexual assault in the military

By Meghan J. Clark| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice Women
Our military men and women deserve the best protection, both in and out of combat.

Why wealth inequality matters

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Article Social Justice
As the rich get richer, the growing inequality poses a wealth of problems.

Undocumented failure: Why we must care for our immigrant brothers and sisters

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Article Ethic of Life Immigration Politics Social Justice
The father, in his rage and grief, told me that this country did not care about his son who lay dying.

Certain events in our lives get burned into our memories and become a part of us. Often these events happen at beginnings and endings: births and deaths. Perhaps because of the definitude of those moments, we recognize them as utterly important and crucial.


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