US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Is torture losing its shock value?

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Our government's use of torture puts being both American and Catholic in serious conflict, says this theologian.


Theological research doesn't often include reading detailed accounts of torture, but it did for William Cavanaugh, now a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. "I read account after account of people's torture, and that's what I did all day," he says of his early work at the University of Notre Dame Center for Civil and

Human Rights. "It was a grim time."

What I learned about justice from Dorothy Day

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What kind of impact did influential Catholic reformer Dorothy Day have on those who knew her best? A friend and former colleague gives his personal perspective on the woman whom many consider the most important American Catholic of the 20th century.

Jim Forest began his association with Dorothy Day in 1961, when he moved to New York City to join the Catholic Worker community there. A recent convert to Catholicism, he had been discharged from the U.S. Navy as a conscientious objector.