Troubled waters: A Catholic response to refugees
Reading Socrates on the streets: Offering education to people in poverty
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?
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.
Inequality by the numbers
How American Catholics can help Christians in the Middle East
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.
Living faithfully in a world of violence
In the face of horrific violence the world over, how do we rise above thoughts of revenge and despair?
When the rich get richer: The dangerous economics of inequality
The poorest 50 percent of Americans are struggling with flat or falling income levels, negligible net worth, and bleak prospects. How did this happen? And what can we do about it?
Move over Olivia Pope—this is what real scandal looks like
When scandal looms, who are you going to call—Olivia Pope or Pope Francis?
Take a social justice roadtrip through the hills of Appalachia
As a Glenmary priest, I’ve lived in Appalachia for 40 years. I’ve found that understanding social justice issues concerning the area and its people demands real-life experiences. Stereotypical images of shoeless kids with dirty faces and torn T-shirts live on beyond the passing of LIFE magazine from a half century ago. The story of Appalachia defies a single photo or story. For those serious about encountering the spirit of the mountains, I simply tell them, “Get in the van, and I’ll take you around.”
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