US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Manger Danger: Let's keep Uncle Sam out of church affairs

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Let's keep Uncle Sam out of the nativity scene by reinforcing the wall between church and state.

Our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. This is not only our call as people of faith, but our duty as citizens of America, and it will be the purpose of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships."


Please, sir, I want some more

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The nation's most vulnerable children are getting the short end of the spending stick.

Spending more and getting less: sound familiar?

A recent assessment of the well-being of children in the industrialized world offers some parallels and correlations between the state of the nation's wheezing health care system and the prognosis for its youngest and most vulnerable members: children.


Are we being greenwashed? When eco-friendly is just a label

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Your reusable water bottle and organic shoes might have more of an impact on Mother Earth than you think.

Whose child is this? Meeting the needs of street children

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"Banning" Mexico City's street kids only moves their plight from sight.

If you have ever visited Mexico City you may have enjoyed their antics as part of the federal district's colorful backdrop. Maybe you can spot them edging out from the corner of your vacation photos: the late-night Chiclets salesmen, the street jugglers and clowns, the grinning, cajoling panhandlers.

They are Mexico City's street children, tolerated­­, even subtly promoted as part of the city's charm.


Will teach for tenure

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Glaring double standards on workers' rights are far from a class act.

When you think of the typical college professor the image of a tweed-afflicted, facial-haired gentleman with a penchant for pipe smoking and an inability to locate his house keys may come quickest to mind. But these days when the real college professor stands up, he may look more like an overtired migrant worker in the fields of academia than a lovably bumbling Mr. Chips.


Under the gun

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How violence takes a toll on our kids.

The drone wars

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High-tech warfare administers death from a great distance.

Let them come to the water

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The scarcity of our most precious resource will make you rethink your morning shower.

Some bright ideas for Earth Day

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Sometimes I think I'm a bad daughter-I'm often too busy to think much about my mother and I'm certainly too busy to call home more than a couple of times a month. But I suppose my own mother is lucky for getting a call every couple of weeks.

Mother Earth may only hear from her kids once a year on Earth Day, celebrated throughout much of the world on April 22. On this day we broaden the interpretation of the 4th Commandment to "Honor your father and mother" and remember the earthy mater who cradles all creation in her arms.


Dream on

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The election of an African American president has stirred excitement, but a leading black theologian says visions of a “postracial” America are premature and misguided.

At the root of her theology, says M. Shawn Copeland, is the pursuit of the question: What is the best, the most worthwhile way to live? While Christians understand that the reign of God is not an achievable result of human endeavors, we are called to make the world around us “our best hope this side of the reign of God.”


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