US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How are the bishops promoting Dorothy Day's case for sainthood?

The sainthood of Dorothy Day

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
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One piece of news out of the U.S. bishops’ annual fall assembly was the unanimous vote to endorse the sainthood cause for Dorothy Day, one of the most well-known well-respected Catholic figures of the 20th century. But did the bishops have any underlying motivations for moving forward with the canonization process at this time?


Don't punish the poor for someone else's political games

By Scott Alessi |
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You may have heard that last weekend Vice Presidential nominee and Congressman Paul Ryan decided to take time out of his busy schedule to take his family to the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society's soup kitchen in the key swing state of Ohio. The candidate and his family washing dishes in the kitchen was a great photo-op, but as the media quickly figured out, that's really all it was.


Mitt Romney: "Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives"

By Meghan Murphy-Gill |
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While Mitt Romney’s “Binders full of women” comment in the debate last night ignited the Internet almost immediately after the words left his lips, what caught my attention was the Republican nominee’s response to Obama’s assertion that Romney believes it should be up to a woman’s employer whether or not she has access to contraception.


Can the super wealthy also be super virtuous?

By Scott Alessi |
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Members of the "99 percent" often like to paint the 1 percenters--America's super-rich who control the majority of the nation's wealth--as greedy, self-interested, and devoid of moral virtue. But how do those on the other side of the wealth gap see themselves?


Two death penalty opponents put Jesus on trial to raise awareness

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
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This November voters in California will have the chance to repeal the death penalty in their state. One of the main arguments being used against California's death penalty right now is how much the practice is costing the state--more than $130 million a year. However, two lawyers are taking a different approach to raise awareness by creating a mock death penalty trial for Jesus using existing death penalty laws.


Celebrating St. Vincent DePaul, Dolan notes that charity is not enough

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
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Yesterday marked the feast of St. Vincent DePaul, a name that most people likely associate with clothing donations, secondhand furniture, warm meals, and other works of charity for people who may need a helping hand. In a statement issued with his fellow bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan makes a somewhat surprising statement while honoring the "star of Christian charity": Charity is not enough to help those in poverty.


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