US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Frosted mini-nukes!

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New classes of "usable" nuclear weapons are on the Pentagon's menu. Who's buying?

 

Bunker Buster the Friendly Nuke was launched by the Friends Committee on National Legislation recently. "He's cute; he's small; and he won't blow up the world" is FCNL's satirical introduction to this adorably animated little nuke, but the Quakers' ironic rhetoric is not far off from the actual verbiage the Pentagon and White House have deployed to improve the palatability of their longed-for retooling of America's nuclear weapons.


Can Nicaragua emerge from the storms of its past?

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The road from Chinandega to the Honduran Border comes to an abrupt end in a hill rise over the largest of the flood demolished bridges that line the eastwest highway out of Managua. When you reach the Hato Grande River, a small power launch carries travelers and relief supplies in an uncertain diagonal across the river's flow to the other side and into Honduras.


In the world but not of it

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You are critical of the prevailing view among Catholics of their own history and role in the United States. What is the story line of the tradition you call the "Americanist" or "Catholics to the rescue" tradition?


How Christians went to war

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Among the remarkable side effects of the conflict between the United States and Iraq has been the revival of the just war theory, the set of ethical reflections specifying the conditions under which a "just war" may be declared (jus ad bellum) and how it must be waged (jus in bello). Catholic moral theologians, accustomed to talking shop primarily to their students and to one another, enjoyed a short but intense heyday in the media spotlight during Operation Desert Storm and again, briefly, during the recent U.S. bombing of Iraq.


War wounds

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Here's a new strategy for victory in Iraq: surrender to the things we say we believe.


Weapons of lasting destruction

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The disfiguring effects of the current war will be seen long after the smoke has cleared.

Iran spam

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A shockingly awful public relations campaign is underway for yet another war.


Never again, yet again

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Unless action replaces delay, our denunciations of genocide are nothing but talk.


Claretian missionary reports on post-election violence in Kenya

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As the election crisis in Kenya continued Claretian Missionaries around the world received an update from one of their own, Kenyan native Father Robert Omondi, C.M.F. in Mombassa.

Mea maxima culpa

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Among the many victims of the Iraq war have been our own fellow Catholics.


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