US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A better way to serve and protect

Police militarization has led to excessive use of force, says Tobias Winright, an officer-turned-theologian.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

Tobias Winright’s first exposure to the life of a police officer came from a somewhat unlikely source: his mother. After his parents divorced when he was 10 years old, Winright moved to Florida with his three younger brothers and their mother, who took a job as a patrol officer. She worked her way up the ranks, serving as a hostage negotiator and homicide detective, once earning second place honors as deputy sheriff of the year for the entire state of Florida.

Climate justice is a matter of faith

Climate change impacts everyone, but some populations are more at risk.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

Sylvia Hood Washington didn’t set out to be an advocate for climate justice. “I don’t want to be on this mission,” she says. “My kids are out of college and graduate school and it would be so easy to sit back and plan a vacation to Hawaii.” But her personal experience with climate change and her feeling of responsibility to her community, her family, and her faith made it impossible to turn away from the need she saw around her.

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.

When help isn't helpful

Despite our best intentions, sometimes we fail at aiding our aging parents. Joyce Rupp says empathy is a good place to start.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Lifestyle

Despite our best intentions, sometimes we fail at aiding our aging parents. Joyce Rupp says empathy is a good place to start.

Servant of Mary Sister Joyce Rupp has come a long way since she started work as a spiritual director in the mid-1970s. “I remember the first time I worked with someone,” she says. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to ruin somebody’s soul because I’ll say something wrong.’ ”

Catholics and Muslims: A common cause

Interfaith harmony demands a mutual respect for human dignity. In Jordan, Father Nabil Haddad is working to make that happen.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article News

Interfaith harmony demands a mutual respect for human dignity. In Jordan, Father Nabil Haddad is working to make that happen.

Father Nabil Haddad wants you to visit Jordan. Although his desk in Amman is a long way from the homes of most U.S. Catholics, Father Nabil says the troubled region needs attention. Catholics, he says, need to show support for persecuted Christians who seek refuge in Jordan. And Westerners, he says, cannot continue to watch from afar.

Winters on the street

We see the wounded Christ in the faces of those experiencing homelessness. But will we respond?

By The Editors |
Article Justice

“I don’t mind work. I do anything. I dig a trench for you. But we need help. It’s getting serious out here. Winter’s going to be here in a minute. I ain’t got another winter in me on these streets. I can’t do it.”
–James, 35 years old, homeless 3 ½ years.

So begins the first installment of Father Bob McCabe’s series of video photo essays. In them, he gives a human face to the people we tend to forget: those who are homeless.

War gone viral

Violent conflicts around the world are a breeding ground for dangerous diseases.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice
While the world’s focus has properly shifted to the plight of Syrian refugees pressing against Europe’s southern borders, the brutal conflict in Yemen has attracted far less attention. The conflict there, trudging into its second year, has proved a match with the Syrian civil war in terms of disregard for noncombatant immunity and wanton destruction of ancient sites and civilian infrastructure.

Coming out Catholic

By Jeffrey Essmann |
Article Justice
I have no problem telling people I’m gay. But it can sometimes be weird telling people I’m a Catholic.

It’s said that coming out is a lifelong process. There are its initial, more dramatic phases, usually connected with firsts (though not necessarily in this order): when you first realize what your sexual feelings are, the first time you tell someone you’re gay, the first time you fall in love. The drama of each is essentially the same. It’s the existential drama of asserting yourself in the world, in your own life, and of saying, “This is who I am.”

A Prayer For Our Daily Murder

By Brian Doyle |
Article Justice News

Frequent contributor Brian Doyle writes, furious and haunted and mourning, from Oregon, where nine people were murdered and 10 others crippled by a gun-toting assassin on October 1 at Umpqua Community College.