Social justice: What's tarnishing its good name?

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Article Politics Social Justice
Why are some faithful tarnishing the good name of this essential Catholic value?

The do-gooders at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania didn’t alarm anyone initially. They formed a social justice committee in 2009, figuring they would help the poor, mostly those in their own rural parish community, south of Scranton in the rolling hills of the Poconos.


Poor spending choices: Catholic values and the U.S. budget

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Article Politics Social Justice
Getting our nation’s budget priorities in order will require a show of solidarity.

Poor spending choices: Catholic values and the U.S. budget

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Getting our nation’s budget priorities in order will require a show of solidarity.

Cuban comeback: Change is on the horizon in Cuba

By Araceli M. Cantero| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Politics War and Peace
Overcoming great obstacles, many Cubans are returning to the Catholic faith and helping renew the island’s church.

To this day Aldo Santos remembers with gratitude the frequent blackouts he experienced as a child in his native town of Holguín in northeast Cuba. Everyone in the neighborhood would come out of their house to gaze at the stars.

He would look up and ask his father about the moon and the planets and about a future full of dreams. He learned that even galaxies die, and it was then that he began to understand something about the end of things.


Under the influence: Special interests and behind-the-scenes policy making

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Article Politics Social Justice
The special interest groups pulling legislators’ strings can no longer hide in the shadows.

The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida has focused national attention on the at times mortal perils faced by African American teens due to racial profiling. But the use of deadly force against a young man armed only with a bag of Skittles also inadvertently spotlighted an organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), that generally prefers to work in the background of U.S. politics.


Under the influence: Special interests and behind-the-scenes policy making

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
The special interest groups pulling legislators’ strings can no longer hide in the shadows.

The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida has focused national attention on the at times mortal perils faced by African American teens due to racial profiling. But the use of deadly force against a young man armed only with a bag of Skittles also inadvertently spotlighted an organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), that generally prefers to work in the background of U.S. politics.


Tunnel vision: How ideological purity is diminishing the church's service to the poor

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Article Politics Social Justice
Is the demand for ideological purity harming service to the poor?

For God so loved the cosmos

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Article Environment Scripture and Theology Spirituality
When the Word became flesh, all creation was drawn into the divine embrace. 

In our day concerns about ecology are rising. Climate change, pollution, and extinction of plant and animal species make us question harmful human treatment of the natural world.


Down and out of sight: Job growth and long-term unemployment

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Article Social Justice
Those who’ve become last in the unemployment line should be our first priority.

The good news in the January Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report produced an exhalation of relief that could be heard from Pennsylvania Avenue to Wall Street. For the first time in months the recovery no longer appeared tentative, though it remains far from vibrant. The private sector in the first month of 2012 generated 243,000 new jobs, and unemployment fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest rate since 2009.


Though the mountains may fall: The cost of mountain top removal

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Social Justice
In Appalachia, the coal industry thrives on stripping the landscape—and people’s livelihoods.


[Watch the slideshow that accompanies this article.]

Rick Handshoe lives on the battle line. Explosions shake his house regularly, covering it with dust and debris and cracking its foundation. A convoy of supply trucks rumbles constantly past his front porch. He lives amid danger and disturbance, with peace but a distant memory.


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