US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Why social trust is essential for the common good

This moral issue lies beneath the surface of everyday life.

By David Cloutier |
Article Your Faith

Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?

If someone asked you this question, how would you respond? Sociologists use it to measure social trust, and results across countries and over time have shown striking differences.

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Fair wages are more than a living wage, Pope Francis says

Popular movements provide hope for the dignity of work and rights of workers.

By Stephen Schneck |
Article News

Easter morning, I got a text from a reporter who covers religion for the Washington Post. She had seen a Tweet from me the day before about an Easter letter from Pope Francis to the global popular movements in which His Holiness, noting the devastating impact that the Covid-19 virus was wreaking on the working class, suggested that “This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage.”

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Unless our nation agrees about morality, laws will fall short

There are some problems that a law cannot solve.

By Steven P. Millies |
Article Justice

We tend to want problems to stay solved once we solve them. In political life, this means that we generally think about law as a permanent solution to problems. We think, “If Congress would just do x, then it will be fixed,” or, “If the Supreme Court would only do y, then we’d never have this problem again.” We especially tend to hear things like this in election years. But experience proves that this is not the way things happen. In political life, nothing ever stands still.

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Our nation needs merciful sick and family leave policies

33.6 million people do not have access to paid sick leave.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice

On Twitter on March 15—St. Patrick’s Day weekend and, unhappily, the first when the United States truly faced up to the COVID-19 crisis—an Uber driver posted some thoughts after a shift driving clients from bar to bar. He needed the money, he explained, so he had no choice but to work in the tight confines of his car with his no-doubt lively and potentially infected customers. But if he had his way, he said, he would have followed the advice of public health officials and stayed home with his wife and young children as the novel coronavirus raged across the country.

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Let’s canonize Dorothy Day

With this 1983 article Claretian Publications began a grassroots effort to promote the official declaration of Dorothy Day as a saint.

By Father Henry Fehren |
Article Your Faith

Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cypnan, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmos and Damian—remember them? For centuries they were listed in the canon of the Mass. They are still part of the canon (eucharistic prayer) Number 1, but their names may be omitted. Although the names were repeated millions of times, I doubt that they meant much to the worshipers.

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