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

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Is the demand for ideological purity harming service to the poor?

For God so loved the cosmos

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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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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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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.


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

By Kyle T. Kramer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


Slideshow: Though the mountains may fall

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This slideshow accompanies the article Though the mountains may fall, which appeared in the April 2012 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 77, No. 4, pages 12-16).


Catholics and the Tea Party: Not our cup of tea

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Catholics fed on the church’s social teaching won’t like the taste of what the Tea Party is serving.

Editors' Note: Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, it's editors, or the Claretians.


Catholics and the Tea Party: Not our cup of tea

By John Gehring| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
Catholics fed on the church’s social teaching won’t like the taste of what the Tea Party is serving.

Editors' Note: Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, it's editors, or the Claretians.


Smoke and mirrors: Our nation's image is marred by social injustices

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America’s inflated self-image doesn’t reflect our nation’s obvious flaws.

When Harry Potter looks at the magical Mirror of Erised, he sees what he wants to see: his heart’s desire (get it?), a happy and whole Potter family. Harry finds himself transfixed by the beautiful reflection. And that’s the danger of the wondrous mirror, the ever-wise Albus Dumbledore informs Harry: the distinct possibility of never being able to tear oneself away from its satisfying perspective.


Smoke and mirrors: Our nation's image is marred by social injustices

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Politics Social Justice
America’s inflated self-image doesn’t reflect our nation’s obvious flaws.

When Harry Potter looks at the magical Mirror of Erised, he sees what he wants to see: his heart’s desire (get it?), a happy and whole Potter family. Harry finds himself transfixed by the beautiful reflection. And that’s the danger of the wondrous mirror, the ever-wise Albus Dumbledore informs Harry: the distinct possibility of never being able to tear oneself away from its satisfying perspective.


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