US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Segregation, racism, and the American Dream

We can’t stay silent about segregation, says journalist Natalie Moore.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

Natalie Moore’s book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation (St. Martin’s Press) focuses primarily on the Windy City. But the topics she covers—housing policies, real estate markets, white flight, and school integration, among others—resonate across the country. She narrates how housing policies have historically undervalued and thus oppressed black people across the country and exposes a racist system, piece by piece, for what it is: inequitable, unjust, sinful.

The patient work of dialogue can save millions of lives

Few Catholics are as consistently successful at being peace than the members of the Sant’Egidio community.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article News

Returning after an unprecedented visit with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos in April last year, Pope Francis startled the world by bringing 12 Syrian refugees back with him to Rome. Who did he turn to for help in orchestrating this humanitarian public relations coup? The Rome-based community of Sant’Egidio.

Since that dramatic gesture, Sant’Egidio has been shepherding the pope’s refugee families and accepting new people fleeing Syria, assisting them with language lessons, job placement, and settling in to life in Rome.

Subsidiarity and the state’s moral obligation

Who will shoulder social responsibility over the next four years?

By Kevin Clarke |
Article News

Ready or not, 2017 could prove to be the year of unanticipated subsidiarity—the idea that social needs should be addressed at the lowest level of personal, civic, or governmental authority capable of responding to them. 

Why the Catholic Church stands with refugees

New president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services Sean Callahan reminds us refugees need our assistance, not our fear.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

Catholic Relief Services was founded almost 75 years ago as a response to the many people in need after World War II. Since then, it’s grown into a successful international humanitarian relief organization, helping the most vulnerable across the world every day.

When fear wins, Christianity loses

Christians have a responsibility to the men, women, and children fleeing their homelands.

By Heidi Russell |
Article News

Every minute, 24 people across the globe leave their homes behind and become refugees—roughly 24 per minute, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. The recent travel ban by President Donald Trump that forbids refugees from seven countries to enter the United States complicates this exodus.

High drug costs and a sick system

People of faith should be concerned that lifesaving medication is often too expensive for the average person to afford.

By Meghan J. Clark |
Article News

It begins with light sensitivity and a sudden inability to focus. Is there a storm coming? Did I get enough sleep the night before? These questions are futile, as often there is no warning or aura; the pain simply grows until all I can do is lie quietly in a dark room. Such is the unpredictability of life with migraines. While my experience with migraines includes a headache, the complex coalescence of pain and sensitivities defies clear explanation. It is both invisible and debilitating. Without medication, it can last for days. 

Just the facts

Catholics should remember what's really at stake over the next four years.

By Stephen Schneck |
blog News

Remember FOCA cards? Catholic officialdom greeted President Obama’s 2009 inauguration by printing cards to be distributed in every pew across the country, warning Mass goers against a purported Obama intention to pass the radically pro-choice Freedom of Choice Act. (In fact President Obama never sought to initiate such legislation and it never progressed on Capitol Hill.)

The idea of the church putting cards in our pews is an interesting one to revisit as Trump assumes the presidency and the GOP has control of both houses of Congress.  What might these Trump cards warn about?

Parishes play a vital role in refugee resettlement

In the worldwide refugee crisis, U.S. Catholic parishes provide a warm welcome to those who must leave their homes.

By Peter Feuerherd |
Article News

When a woman had to quickly flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the United States after her husband was murdered because of political strife, parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Louisville, Kentucky were there for her. In the process of leaving her home country, she had lost track of her three sons. But with the help of the parish and social media, her sons were tracked down in Rwanda, where they had sought refuge, and were joined together with their mother. Parishioners at St. Francis helped facilitate the reunion.

Why our criminal justice system imprisons us all

Catholic doctrine prioritizes mercy, compassion, and redemption. But these words are becoming more difficult to apply to America’s criminal-justice system.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice

Note to readers: This feature was originally published in our June 1998 issue. While some of the statistics may be out of date, it is alarming how much of the story still holds true today.