Silent flight: Christians leave the Holy Land

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The land of Jesus’ birth may soon be without Christians to celebrate it.

At eventide the square of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem lights up like a Christmas scene. Brightly colored lights trail around the bell tower bathing Manger Square in a warm amber glow. Tourists lean on stones that have held up weary pilgrims for centuries. The low-tech light show washing over the square is unassuming and peaceful, just right for the spot tradition says the Prince of Peace entered human history in a most humble and vulnerable form.


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. There's also sleep deprivation, exposing people to freezing temperatures for long periods, bombarding them with rock music for hours, head slapping, sexual humiliation, and sensory deprivation such as blindfolding, among others.


Is torture losing its shock value?

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article War and Peace
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. There's also sleep deprivation, exposing people to freezing temperatures for long periods, bombarding them with rock music for hours, head slapping, sexual humiliation, and sensory deprivation such as blindfolding, among others.


How Sant'Egidio received its "papal blessing"

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By Andrea Riccardi as told to Desmond O'Grady in a U.S. Catholic interview conducted by O'Grady.

It had been the custom in Rome that the diocesan pastoral visits were made by the pope's vicar rather than the pope himself. Pope Paul VI visited some parishes but did not reach us. John Paul II, younger and fitter, decided to visit all parishes himself.


Bombs away

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President Obama wants to lock up nukes—but he isn’t about to throw away the key.

The 2008 election of Barack Obama was arguably a culmination of the hope-filled idealism that helped propel the 1960s civil rights movement. Although it’s fashionable these days, in the last gasps of the frat-boy revivalism that began the century to ridicule such idealism, the truth is we wouldn’t have made it to the Obama era’s here-and-now without that there-and-then.


Bombs away

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article War and Peace
President Obama wants to lock up nukes—but he isn’t about to throw away the key.

The 2008 election of Barack Obama was arguably a culmination of the hope-filled idealism that helped propel the 1960s civil rights movement. Although it’s fashionable these days, in the last gasps of the frat-boy revivalism that began the century to ridicule such idealism, the truth is we wouldn’t have made it to the Obama era’s here-and-now without that there-and-then.


An early call to get out

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In 1967 U.S. Catholic editors call for a swift end to the Vietnam War.

"It is our contention that the war in Vietnam is wrong, is unjust, is immoral," the editors of U.S. Catholic wrote in their December 1967 editorial-one of the few instances in its history in which the magazine took an official editorial position.


An early call to get out

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article War and Peace
In 1967 U.S. Catholic editors call for a swift end to the Vietnam War.

"It is our contention that the war in Vietnam is wrong, is unjust, is immoral," the editors of U.S. Catholic wrote in their December 1967 editorial-one of the few instances in its history in which the magazine took an official editorial position.


Who are you calling a saint?

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In 1966 U.S. Catholic visited Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker in New York. Part of a series for U.S. Catholic's 75th anniversary.

Can this marriage be saved? America and Israel

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A little counseling might help get the Israel-U.S. partnership back on track.

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