US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Should we rebuild crumbling Catholic landmarks?

In typical Catholic fashion, the answer is both/and.

By John Christman |
Article Culture Justice

Where were you on April 15 when you first saw flames tear through the ancient wood roof of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral? What thoughts and emotions gripped you as plumes of smoke rose from that sacred space? And, equally relevant, how did you react days later when protesters hit the streets of Paris waving placards that read “1 Billion for Notre-Dame! Zero for the Homeless!”?

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To end human trafficking, Catholic colleges take a leading role

The mission to protect human dignity is a central part of the Catholic faith.

By Wyatt Massey |
Article Justice

Jamie Pizzi remembers the lunchtime meetings. They would take place in a college classroom. There, people would discuss their work, work not just happening on campus but in the community.

Pizzi, then 23 years old, was a first-year student at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Her classes had rigid curricula with a lot of reading on law and its foundations. There was little room to see the law in action, she says, and not much space in the initial coursework for specific law interests. That’s why Pizzi loved the weekly meetings.

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Catholics around the country are taking seriously Pope Francis’ call to abolish the death penalty

The pope's resolve on this life-or-death issue poses a challenge to the U.S. church.

By Amanda Hendler-Voss |
Article Justice

About 25 years after the brutal murder of her older sister, Jean Parks unearthed her true feelings about the death penalty. 

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Build bridges, not walls, says Pope Francis

Francis on the margins lives up to his rhetoric.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article News

At the beginning of his papacy Francis famously spoke about his desire to lead a church that was willing to go to the margins on behalf of the oppressed and the vulnerable, and he has lived up to those words, sometimes at no small personal risk.

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What would you put in a parent’s toolbox?

U.S. social services often turns what should be a hand-up into a civic pushdown. One example: disposable diapers.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice

My wife asked me a week before school started this September if I had remembered to purchase my youngest child’s “school toolbox.” For the uninitiated, that’s the giant package of everything your kid needs to survive grade school that better-organized parents never fail to preorder.

To my great shame, I forgot to buy one this year. 

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This Labor Day, celebrate God’s work

Work is good not just because it helps us pay the bills, but because it helps us to be the selves that God intended.

By Matthew Sherman |
Article Justice

Americans have always struggled with work:  seeking just wages, securing equal rights, and balancing time for family with the necessary demands of supporting one. 

In the early 20th century Americans campaigned for more humane working hours in the wake of the Industrial Revolution.  In the mid-20th century, Americans struggled with adding extra hours to their week in order to increase the capacity to pay for their increased access higher education. 

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How to heed Pope Francis’ message on migration

We must reject the ‘globalization of indifference’ toward refugees, says the president of the International Catholic Migration Commission.

By Anne Gallagher |
Article News

Lampedusa is a speck of land in the southern Mediterranean, less than eight square miles in size and with a population of around 6,000. It belongs to Italy but lies much closer to North Africa. Over the past 20 years, it is estimated that around 400,000 migrants making their way by sea to the European mainland have landed on Lampedusa. At least 15,000 have died on the way.

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Should Catholics own guns?

Given recent trends in gun violence, should Catholics take a stance and give up their arms?

By Rosie McCarty |
Article Justice

America has a complicated relationship with guns. Gun violence is a commonplace and everyday occurrence; gun control is one of the most highly debated issues nationwide. U.S. Catholic surveyed our readers to find out where they stand on this divisive topic and what they think the future holds for us as a country—and a church—when it comes to guns. 

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How to love your enemy in times of crisis

What would Jesus do in today’s polarized political climate?

By Laurie Brink, O.P. |
Article Justice Your Faith

To quote my mother, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” And if the events of this last year are any indication, Mom may be right. 

On August 12, 2017, a young man used his car as a weapon, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others who were protesting against the presence of Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and more than 700 injured.

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Transgender and Catholic: A parent’s perspective

A deacon’s personal account of parenting a transgender child.

By Deacon Ray Dever |
Article Your Faith

Fifty years ago this year, the church restored the permanent diaconate, opening the doors to married clergy who brought and continue to bring with them all the joys, sorrows, and complexities of family life to ordained ministry. In the case of my family, that included first-hand experience with LGBT people. In the fall of 2013, at the beginning of our oldest child’s sophomore year at Georgetown University, she came out as transgender. With that news, my family found itself plunged into questions and issues that surround families of faith with LGBT children. 

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