Has the church abandoned its support of unions?

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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.


Living faithfully in a world of violence

By Father Bryan Massingale| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
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

By Anthony Walton| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
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

By Meghan J. Clark| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
When scandal looms, who are you going to call—Olivia Pope or Pope Francis?

Take a social justice roadtrip through the hills of Appalachia

By Father John Rausch| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Social Justice

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

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
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

By Mike Gable| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Parish Life Social Justice
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

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
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.


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