Assessing the Pentagon's spending priorities
Our inflated military budget comes at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable.
A fundamental responsibility of national defense is a rational assessment of real-world threats and the practical limitations of military power. Every four years the Pentagon updates its long-term strategic priorities in a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which offers some insight into how the U.S. military will prioritize and deploy its forces.
Breaking ranks: John Dear, the Jesuits, and working for peace
Peace activist John Dear’s departure from the Jesuits calls to mind our need for modern prophets.
A Catholic case for gun control
Our nation’s culture of violence is out of control. It’s time to pull the trigger on efforts to reduce gun deaths.
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35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Bring back the rosary
By Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
This article appeared in the October 1978 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 43, No. 10, pages 24-25).
Religious devotions are a little like lost-and-found objects. Something gets lost, at least in the sense of losing sight of it. And then we come on it again, unexpectedly perhaps, lying there at our feet. It had been there all the time. But now it has about it a kind of glow, a patina. It is something like an old coin, the gospel says; we have every right to rejoice in finding it again.
Drones, torture, and the value of public opinion
Our country’s drone policy has been operating mostly behind closed doors. According to law professor David Cole, that’s a troubling reality for a program that is responsible for taking human lives. In order to move forward, he says, we need to have transparent knowledge of the nation’s drone policy so that the American people have the opportunity to keep the government accountable for its decisions.
Drone wars: Shedding light on our country's secret program
Rules of engagement for targeted killings have been shrouded in secrecy. According to this legal expert, we still need more transparency.
Is the war on drugs a just war?
The war on drugs isn’t working. In fact, it is making the problem even worse.
In May President Barack Obama signaled the beginning of the end of the war on terror, at least in a predominantly militarized form, during an address that attempted to balance encroachments on civil and human rights created by the nation’s anti-terror crusade against the legitimate, reasonable needs of security and tranquility. Is it time for the president to stand before the nation and make a similar speech about another war it has been waging, the horizonless war on drugs?
25 years ago in U.S. Catholic—Bombs away: What U.S. Catholic readers think about nuclear weapons
By Tim Unsworth
This article appeared in the August 1988 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 53, No. 8, pages 6-17).
Although few readers believe God would intervene to stop a nuclear war, they still bend God's ear about it every day.
An old Arab proverb says: "Trust in God but tie up your camel." U.S. Catholic readers have a lot in common with the unknown camel driver who mined this bit of bucolic wisdom from the hardscrabble of his experience.
Muslim youth and extremism: A reflection after Boston
In the wake of terrorism, the global community must come together to build welcoming, loving environments for our young people--especially Muslim youth.
The two suspects of the abominable bomb attacks of the Boston Marathon, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (19), were permanent residents of the United States originally from Chechnya and were seemingly practicing Muslims.
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