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.”
The Walter Scott shooting and use of police force
Catholic moral theologian—and former police officer—Tobias Winright offers his insight on when the use of lethal force by police in the line of duty is justified.
Seven steps for transforming your next mission trip
Is your parish, school, or diocese planning a mission trip? Here are some recommendations to make it a better experience for all involved.
Why Oscar Romero's martyrdom is long overdue
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'
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
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
Calling police to deal with people suffering from mental illness is a recipe for disaster.
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