Secret disservice

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Article Social Justice

One of the most important decisions the bishops at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) made was their refusal to go along with the secrecy that Vatican officials tried to impose upon them. The Vatican bureaucrats of the Roman Curia had long been used to the notion that they knew what was best for the pope's "subjects." The subjects needed only to pray, pay, and obey.


Secret disservice

By Robert Kaiser| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

One of the most important decisions the bishops at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) made was their refusal to go along with the secrecy that Vatican officials tried to impose upon them. The Vatican bureaucrats of the Roman Curia had long been used to the notion that they knew what was best for the pope's "subjects." The subjects needed only to pray, pay, and obey.


Social justice for dummies

By Joe Sullivan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

Includes bonus information on:

  • The easy way to know the difference between justice and charity
  • The pitfalls that lead to "fringe-ism"
  • What's in it for you

"He's on the Social-Justice Committee," she said, a sound of fear, wariness, even a little contempt in her voice. Here, in the middle of a parish potluck dinner, that phrase came up again. Social justice.


Social justice for dummies

By Joe Sullivan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

Includes bonus information on:

  • The easy way to know the difference between justice and charity
  • The pitfalls that lead to "fringe-ism"
  • What's in it for you

"He's on the Social-Justice Committee," she said, a sound of fear, wariness, even a little contempt in her voice. Here, in the middle of a parish potluck dinner, that phrase came up again. Social justice.


The trouble with Saint Dorothy

By Jim Forest| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article

Can you think of a word that describes a person who devoted much of her life to being with people many of us cross the street to avoid? Who for half a century did her best to make sure they didn't go hungry or freeze on winter nights? Who went to Mass every day until her legs couldn't take her that far, at which point Communion was brought to her? Who prayed every day for friend and enemy alike, and whose prayers, some are convinced, had miraculous results? Who went to Confession every week? Who was devoted to the rosary? Who wore hand-me-downs and lived in cold-waterflats?


Why we can't afford to close Catholic schools

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

It's pretty subdued day at Our Lady of Mercy School on Chicago's Northwest Side. Most of the kids are in class, huddled over Terra Nova achievement tests; George and Julio are "timing out" on a bench just outside the lunchroom but still smiling mischievously at each passerby; a Commonwealth Edison crew is cleaning up the mess after somebody crashed into a light pole beside the side entrance the night before; and principal Debbie Sullivan is in her office by an ancient Rich public address machine worrying over how the school is going to make ends meet.


Why we can't afford to close Catholic schools

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice

It's pretty subdued day at Our Lady of Mercy School on Chicago's Northwest Side. Most of the kids are in class, huddled over Terra Nova achievement tests; George and Julio are "timing out" on a bench just outside the lunchroom but still smiling mischievously at each passerby; a Commonwealth Edison crew is cleaning up the mess after somebody crashed into a light pole beside the side entrance the night before; and principal Debbie Sullivan is in her office by an ancient Rich public address machine worrying over how the school is going to make ends meet.


Not-so-special delivery

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment
Sometimes the toxic waste is not just in babies' diapers.

The samples reviewed by the researchers at the Washington based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based chemicals, carcinogenic residue from dozens of widely used flame retardants, pesticides, and much more.


Our sisters' keeper

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Article Social Justice Women
A recent United Nations report offers a sobering assessment on the condition of women.

 


Good news in the mission field

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Culture Social Justice

Over the past half-century the Catholic approach to mission has shifted dramatically. Today's Catholic missionaries continue to proclaim the Good News, but most do so in a far more open and respectful encounter and dialogue with the cultures and people they engage. Their witness invites people to a more subtle—and at the same time more profound—"conversion."

Father Josep Maria Abella, the superior general of the Claretians—the missionary congregation that publishes U.S. Catholic—has made the renewal of his order's missionary charism a cornerstone of his leadership.


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