US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Be our guest?

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The U.S. should be a good host and protect the migrant workers who knock on our door.

 

In the colonial period the destitute and desperate escaping the poverty of European backwaters made their way to America as indentured servants, signing away the only commodity they had to offer: themselves. Frequently used up to the end of human endurance by their "employers," these earliest members of America's working class experienced a dehumanization that was only exceeded by the treatment of Africans brought over as slaves.


Code blue

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The patient is ailing, the prognosis is poor. It's the nation's major medical emergency.

Appalachian activist honored with peace award

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You know Father John Rausch is committed to social justice when even his answering machine message ends with, "God bless, and let's continue to work for justice."

Rausch, a Glenmary priest, outspoken defender of the environment, and advocate for the poor in Appalachia, is being honored for his social justice work with the 2007 Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Christi, the national Catholic peace organization.


Cracks in the system

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Deferring infrastructure maintenance for war spending builds a bridge to nowhere.

After watching coverage of the minneapolis-St. Paul I-35W bridge collapse, Anita Dancs was shocked by the terrible spectacle and dreading the outcome of the search for survivors. Yet her next thought may not have been one that immediately sprang to the minds of many other CNN viewers. "Here's your tax cuts at work," she remembers thinking.


No more CARE packages

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Instead of dumping grain in poverty-stricken regions, we should be investing cash.

See no evil

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While much of the world has closed its eyes to the genocide in Darfur, Catholics are helping refugees and spreading the word about the tragedy.

Along with his sister and her children, Ousman Adam Abdullah now shares the dusty confines of his tent in eastern Chad with the ghosts of his past. Thinking back on the attack that forced him to flee Darfur and separated him from his family members-including a son and three daughters whose fate he does not know-Abdullah recalls much of the ordeal as if it were a dream he can only process in simple sentences.


Hot enough for you?

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The world's poor face an even bleaker future than polar bears, thanks to global warming.

 

Global warming has proved one of the rare issues capable of uniting Christians of all persuasions into a more or less coherent chorus for change. A lot of folks have been moved to a call for action on global warming and the related phenomenon of climate change by a biblical understanding of their responsibilities as stewards of creation. According to this perspective, we are mere trustees of a creation and a future that is not our own.


'Homeless' Catholics, defying partisan labels, meet in Washington

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The annual Woodstock for Catholic social justice geeks, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, opened this morning with a keynote address from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development John Carr. The meeting convenes representatives from a gamut of Catholic institutions such as Catholic Relief Services, the USCCB, Catholic Charities USA, and more in a conference part workshop and part lobbying opportunity.

Mideast peace process in 2008: Breakthrough or bust?

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The year of 2008 could be an important one for brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, said Stephen Colecchi, director of International Justice and Peace for the USCCB at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington.

Post-Katrina America: What the waters left behind

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Two and a half years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast could be a "training ground" for the issues that face the United States today, Norman Francis, president for Xavier University in New Orleans told the USCCB 2008 Social Ministry Gathering. He said a renewed rebuilding effort could be a template for a new way to approach the nation's racial, social, and economic divides.

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