US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Stand alone moms: Catholic single parents tell their stories

By Heidi Schlumpf |

For Rosa Manriquez, it was the Catholic school’s father-daughter dance.

For Wendy Diez, it was the e-mail from the preschool teacher addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Diez.”

The need for both faith and reason in bioethics

By Father Myles Sheehan, S.J. |
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Myles Sheehan talks about why the promise of advances in biology and medicine need to be coupled with the insights of faith and reason.

Good newsman

By Heidi Schlumpf |
Tim Russert did more than bring us the news. The host of Meet the Press also showed us how to take our jobs, our citizenship, and our faith seriously.

Mom vs. bomb: A mother of 12 lives out her faith through peace activism

By Olga Bonfiglio |
Jean Gump has been taking a stand against violence, even when it caused a blow-up at home.

Last fall, at age 85, Jean Gump was released from prison after being arrested and jailed with 12 other protesters. They were caught trespassing at an off-limits federal area at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, home of the atom bomb.

Sleeping through genocide?

By Kevin Clarke |
The world needs a wake-up call to save a population at risk of meeting a violent end.

What is happening today in the Nuba mountains is exactly a carbon copy of what has been taking place in Darfur—only even worse,” said Bishop Macram Max Gassis, spiritual leader of Sudan’s Diocese of El Obeid. Gassis was speaking outside the United Nations in New York in July and worrying over what he describes as a deliberate campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Nuba people of Sudan’s South Kordofan state.

Humanity professor: An interview with Jean Vanier

U.S. Catholic |
Jean Vanier offers a simple summary of the purpose of the small community he began in 1964: "The secret of L'Arche is relationship: meeting people heart to heart; listening to people with their pain, their joy, their hope, their history."

Harder to describe are the profound effects of life together on L'Arche's members, both the developmentally disabled "core members" and the "assistants" who care for their needs.

Though the mountains may fall: The cost of mountain top removal

By Kyle T. Kramer |
In Appalachia, the coal industry thrives on stripping the landscape—and people’s livelihoods.

[Watch the slideshow that accompanies this article.]

Rick Handshoe lives on the battle line. Explosions shake his house regularly, covering it with dust and debris and cracking its foundation. A convoy of supply trucks rumbles constantly past his front porch. He lives amid danger and disturbance, with peace but a distant memory.

Performance review: More feedback on President Obama

Online Editor |

We don't normally publish the feedback from our Reader Surveys online, out of respect for the privacy of respondents (name and city are included in this section), but between the record amount or responses to our survey on President Obama and the passion with which our readers responded, we wanted to share them with our online readers.

We've included some of our favorite answers without any identifying information.

For Catholics, the greatest success of the Obama administration has been:

The passage of healthcare reform.