US Catholic Faith in Real Life

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.

The housing crisis hits ever closer to home

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Experts in economics are not the only ones talking about the housing crisis—the U.S. Catholic Bishops are as well. Affordable housing is one of two domestic policy priorities for the 2008 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

Womb for rent

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Have infertile couples taken a maternity leave of their senses?

Home sweet biohazard

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There's no place like home, as long as parents prevent it from becoming toxic.

Thoroughly modern parents of the late 20th century might have cracked open a tin of baby formula, poured it into a plastic bottle, and warmed it in a Teflon-coated pan before rushing it to baby's toy-littered nursery. Today's with-it 'rents think twice before exposing their child to-pay attention here, this gets complicated-this following impromptu periodic table of hazardous materials:


The torture show

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Jack Bauer and 24 have made torture mainstream in American homes and psyches.

Reality bites back

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New show ideas are endless-and depressing -when real life is the true basis of TV.

I think I can, I think I can

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A 19th-century mode of transport may be the answer to our current environmental woes.

Basic Training: Catholic college students at the SOA vigil

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Catholic college students get schooled in peace and protest at the annual School of the Americas vigil.

 

"Close it down!" Patrick Eccles, a Loyola University Chicago chaplain, shouted to a group of 50 Loyola students about to embark on a trip to Columbus, Georgia to protest the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA). "Close it down," they replied weakly, seeming unsure of their voices, mission, and comrades.


Recipe for a hungry planet

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Feeling helpless about starving children in Asia or even next door? If you're looking for ways to put food on your neighbor's tables, these five practical suggestions are a ...


These American lives

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She is fighting to regain her composure and she is losing. Her narrative halts in midsentence, stalled in a sob, and Lourdes Solorzano's previously calm, confident face disintegrates into a portrait of plain heartache. Her red T-shirt is rhinestoned with the American flag, and she raises it over her mouth in an awkward, embarrassed effort to hide her pain.


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