US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Are Catholic university students being coddled?

If college students aren’t shocked, startled, uncomfortable, and challenged twice a week, they’re doing it wrong.

By Pamela Hill Nettleton |
Article Justice

I am a professor at a Jesuit university, and when I face 260 young adults in a lecture hall, I now face something I never expected to encounter in a classroom: the belief that students should be protected from wrestling with challenging ideas.

Are Catholic high schools supporting their LGBT students?

Gay-straight alliances are a way to show LGBT teens God's love. How do they fare in Catholic high schools?

By Renée K. Gadoua |
Article Lifestyle

Andrew Perez joined his high school’s gay-straight alliance (GSA) because he believed in Pope Francis’ message of love for all people. His religion class at Xavier High School, a Jesuit boys school in Manhattan, discussed sexuality and the pope’s response. “I was interested to hear Pope Francis say [gay people] are welcomed with open arms,” Perez, now a senior, says. “A lot of [gay people] are under the impression that they are not accepted.” He joined the group because “as a straight male I thought it was important to stand up for a group in my school who may not be comfortable,” he says.

The future of Jesuit education

Is Arrupe College a game changer?

By Ann Christenson |
Article News

No one was more excited to receive an acceptance letter to Arrupe College than the mother of Jontae Thomas. “She called me,” Thomas recalls. “Don’t you get the notification today?” she asked. Indeed, he did. Thomas called his mother back to share the good news. “She screamed for joy,” he says. But Thomas asked why his acceptance to Arrupe College was so important to her, when he’d also been accepted to other schools. 

Piranhas in the Chicago River

Ecologist Reuben Keller knows that caring for the planet requires thinking beyond the environmental sciences.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice News

Ecologist Reuben Keller knows that caring for the planet requires thinking beyond the environmental sciences.

Trek up to Reuben Keller’s Chicago office, and you’ll likely catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan on your way. Actually, you can nearly see it from his desk. It’s a fitting location for Keller, a freshwater ecologist and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability.

‘Tolerance' is for traffic jams, not people

By Daniel Perez |
Article Justice
“Tolerance” is for menial things like mosquitoes and traffic jams. When it comes to other human beings, let’s seek more.

Game of loans: How can we address the college debt dilemma?

By Scott Alessi |
blog Justice

If you’ve graduated from college in the last 10 years, odds are you’re still paying for that education. As the cost of college has soared, so too have the number of loans being taken by students to pay their tuition. More than 70 percent of the class of 2015 graduated with student loan debt, at an average of $35,000 per student. And for most recent grads, that’s not an easy amount to pay off—even with a college degree.

How prevalent is the hook-up culture on college campuses?

By Kerry Weber |
Article Lifestyle

Anxious college freshmen and concerned parents alike may wonder: Just how prevalent is the oft-debated “hook-up culture” on college campuses? After two years surveying students at Catholic colleges about culture and relationships, Jason King, associate professor of theology at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, has an answer. Yes, he says, it’s out there—but not because today’s young Catholics long for the days of free love.

A price worth paying? 'Ivory Tower' and the value of a college degree

By Danny Duncan Collum |
Article Lifestyle
As student loan debt surpasses U.S. credit card debt, documentaries ask the tough questions about a college education.

For at least the past 30 years, since the blue-ribbon report A Nation at Risk sounded an alarm about America’s underachieving school kids, the American middle class has been obsessed with education, from kindergarten to grad school, as the key to its children’s futures. As college tuition costs skyrocketed during those years, the high price only seemed to make the product more desirable.

The dish on school lunches

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Lifestyle

Schools lunches have been served up in the news a lot recently.

As most children anxiously anticipate summer vacation—a time to sleep in, go biking with friends, camp, and avoid anything having to do with homework—others dread the last dismissal bell. Those who rely on the routine of receiving breakfast and lunch at school are found without easily accessible nutrition and live in uncertainty of where their next meal is coming.