Seven steps for transforming your next mission trip
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
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.
A study in black and white: Justin Simien's ‘Dear White People'
Justin Simien’s Dear White People hammers home the message that everyone is always more complicated than the color of their skin.
Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August, race has been back on the American screen, at least the small one. Events in Ferguson have provided TV news with images that seem to recapitulate the past half-century of racial struggle—from police violence to nonviolent sit-ins to outraged burning and looting.
African American Catholics and the quest for racial justice
Black Catholics must challenge their fellow believers to live up to the church’s moral teachings on issues of race.
It's time to decriminalize mental illness
Calling police to deal with people suffering from mental illness is a recipe for disaster.
Why affirmative action should be a major requirement for colleges
By removing unconscious discrimination from the admissions process, universities can give all students an equal chance of acceptance.
10 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Are you a social sinner?
An interview with Father Bryan Massingale
This article appeared in the February 2005 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 70, No. 2, pages 18-22).
Catholic social teaching has been called the church's best-kept secret, but the biggest secret of all may be the church's teaching on racism, says moral theologian Father Bryan Massingale in an interview with the editors.
Practice what you teach: Do universities need a lesson in ethics?
Our universities are failing to follow their own lessons when it comes to ethics.
What is the preferential option for the poor?
I have a friend who is a permanent deacon. He’s a former Marine, and though he is wonderfully kind, he can also turn on his military face and voice to let you know when he means business. One Sunday at Mass, he preached a homily about prayer, particularly about praying for the poor. He had on his game face that day, and at the end of his homily he leaned in close to the microphone and said in a terrifyingly stern whisper, “I know you are all busy. But you can give 30 minutes of your God-given breath to pray for the poor.”
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