US Catholic Faith in Real Life

True national defense keeps focus on the common good

Some threats cannot be stopped with military might.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice

Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic will require some difficult personal and institutional soul-searching. Families will have to reevaluate consumer choices and work, life, and screen-time balance; civil society will have to ponder its evolving understanding of who and what is truly essential; and at the government level even grander policy shifts will be necessary.


Should Catholics serve in the military?

Good soldiers don't wage war. They wage peace.

By Stephen Schneck |
Article Your Faith

Christ preached turning the other cheek, doing good to those who persecute you, and loving your enemies. At the Sermon on the Mount, he reminded us that the meek will inherit the earth and that peacemakers shall be called children of God. With all these teachings on peace, what does that mean for Catholics who want to serve in the military?