US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Paystub: More than just a piece of paper

By Father Anthony E. Cutcher |
blog Justice

Guest blog

“Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin” (Deuteronomy 24:15).

CRS on the front lines of Ebola crisis, but there's a long way to go

By Scott Alessi |
blog News

Any time a humanitarian crisis breaks out in any corner of the globe, it is a good bet that you'll find representatives from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on the ground, doing everything possible to help. And the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is no exception.

Ann Coulter, Cardinal Dolan, and the discourse surrounding migrant children

By Scott Alessi |
blog Justice

The waves of migrant children fleeing their homeland in search of safety and stability within the United States' borders has been a major news story in recent months, but now it seems as if our public debate (or in some cases, shouting match) about the situation has become the bigger story.

The places they'll go: Nuns working on the margins

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
Article Justice
The tough and tender mercies of women religious transform the most remote and desolate corners of poverty, misery, and heartache.

It takes nerves of steel to stand in your doorway and tell rebel soldiers waving guns that no, the woman they are seeking is most certainly not in the room behind you, when in fact she is hiding a few feet away, under your bed. But that’s what Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe did.

Would increasing access to cars help people escape poverty?

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
blog Justice

Earlier this month, a study was released from the Urban Institute titled "Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients." That’s certainly a mouthful, but one of the authors, Rolf Pendall, took to the Atlantic Cities blog to explore the topic further (and in simpler language) and raise questions on both sides of a proclamation: “

How long can you survive in extreme poverty?

By Kira Dault |
blog Justice

For many of us, poverty is largely an abstract concept. We relate to it in terms of dollars or percentages. (For example, 40 percent of people living in the United States will spend at least one year at or below the poverty line between the ages of 25 and 75.) But an organization called Live58 has released a game that brings home the way that poverty, for people who are living it, is not about numbers. It's about choices.