Unbalanced diet: Global poverty and obesity

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Article Social Justice
Our eating binge is purging the developing world of access to healthy foods.

In a world of want where 1.4 billion people are struggling to survive on $1.25 a day, the No. 1 global health problem related to food is now obesity. According to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the 1.5 billion obese people worldwide now outnumber the 925 million who are hungry.


Unbalanced diet: Global poverty and obesity

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
Our eating binge is purging the developing world of access to healthy foods.

In a world of want where 1.4 billion people are struggling to survive on $1.25 a day, the No. 1 global health problem related to food is now obesity. According to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the 1.5 billion obese people worldwide now outnumber the 925 million who are hungry.


Performance review: More feedback on President Obama

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Article Politics

We don't normally publish the feedback from our Reader Surveys online, out of respect for the privacy of respondents (name and city are included in this section), but between the record amount or responses to our survey on President Obama and the passion with which our readers responded, we wanted to share them with our online readers.

We've included some of our favorite answers without any identifying information.

For Catholics, the greatest success of the Obama administration has been:

The passage of healthcare reform.


Performance review: Readers rate President Obama

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice War and Peace
U.S. Catholic readers provide a progress report on Barack Obama’s first term in office.

Performance review: Readers rate President Obama

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice War and Peace
U.S. Catholic readers provide a progress report on Barack Obama’s first term in office.

From Russia with love

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Article Social Justice Spirituality
An icon of Catholic social justice, Catherine de Hueck Doherty found that living among the poor helped her find stillness and peace.

For me, the distinct pull toward Russian spirituality was not something that developed over time. Rather it descended all at once like a warm cloak on a cold night.


Stay of execution: Abolishing the death penalty

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
With a common commitment, Catholics could make the death penalty a thing of the past.

The first time I felt certain of my opposition to the death penalty was, oddly enough, after the execution of a man I knew to be guilty, a mass murderer who had admitted his crime and shown no remorse: Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who killed 168 people on a spring afternoon in 1995.


Stay of execution: Abolishing the death penalty

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
With a common commitment, Catholics could make the death penalty a thing of the past.

The first time I felt certain of my opposition to the death penalty was, oddly enough, after the execution of a man I knew to be guilty, a mass murderer who had admitted his crime and shown no remorse: Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who killed 168 people on a spring afternoon in 1995.


A good fit? Church teaching on homosexuality and human dignity

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Article Scripture and Theology Sex and Sexuality
Church teaching on gay and lesbian people must reflect their dignity as God's daughters and sons.

Homosexuality has claimed the job of another employee of a Catholic institution, but not because he publicly supported same-sex marriage. Indeed, Daniel Avila, until recently a policy adviser on issues of marriage and family for the U.S. bishops’ conference, lost his job for going too far in the other direction.


Of human bondage: Modern slavery

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Article Social Justice
"How oppressed exactly do workers have to be before we consider them slaves?"

Here’s a New Year’s resolution that I never thought I would have to make in this early stage of the 21st century: For 2012 I firmly resolve to do my best to stop using slaves. Difficult as it is to accept, slavery remains a contemporary misery all over the world. “Abolition” has an old-timey, 19th-century ring to it, but a world that is truly free of slavery remains out of reach and modern abolitionists have their work cut out for them.


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