US Catholic Faith in Real Life

What would you put in a parent’s toolbox?

U.S. social services often turns what should be a hand-up into a civic pushdown. One example: disposable diapers.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice

My wife asked me a week before school started this September if I had remembered to purchase my youngest child’s “school toolbox.” For the uninitiated, that’s the giant package of everything your kid needs to survive grade school that better-organized parents never fail to preorder.

To my great shame, I forgot to buy one this year. 

This Labor Day, celebrate God’s work

Work is good not just because it helps us pay the bills, but because it helps us to be the selves that God intended.

By Matthew Sherman |
Article Justice

Americans have always struggled with work:  seeking just wages, securing equal rights, and balancing time for family with the necessary demands of supporting one. 

In the early 20th century Americans campaigned for more humane working hours in the wake of the Industrial Revolution.  In the mid-20th century, Americans struggled with adding extra hours to their week in order to increase the capacity to pay for their increased access higher education. 

How to heed Pope Francis’ message on migration

We must reject the ‘globalization of indifference’ toward refugees, says the president of the International Catholic Migration Commission.

By Anne Gallagher |
Article News

Lampedusa is a speck of land in the southern Mediterranean, less than eight square miles in size and with a population of around 6,000. It belongs to Italy but lies much closer to North Africa. Over the past 20 years, it is estimated that around 400,000 migrants making their way by sea to the European mainland have landed on Lampedusa. At least 15,000 have died on the way.

Should Catholics own guns?

Given recent trends in gun violence, should Catholics take a stance and give up their arms?

By Rosie McCarty |
Article Justice

America has a complicated relationship with guns. Gun violence is a commonplace and everyday occurrence; gun control is one of the most highly debated issues nationwide. U.S. Catholic surveyed our readers to find out where they stand on this divisive topic and what they think the future holds for us as a country—and a church—when it comes to guns. 

How to love your enemy in times of crisis

What would Jesus do in today’s polarized political climate?

By Laurie Brink, O.P. |
Article Justice Your Faith

To quote my mother, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket.” And if the events of this last year are any indication, Mom may be right. 

On August 12, 2017, a young man used his car as a weapon, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others who were protesting against the presence of Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and more than 700 injured.

Transgender and Catholic: A parent’s perspective

A deacon’s personal account of parenting a transgender child.

By Deacon Ray Dever |
Article Your Faith

Fifty years ago this year, the church restored the permanent diaconate, opening the doors to married clergy who brought and continue to bring with them all the joys, sorrows, and complexities of family life to ordained ministry. In the case of my family, that included first-hand experience with LGBT people. In the fall of 2013, at the beginning of our oldest child’s sophomore year at Georgetown University, she came out as transgender. With that news, my family found itself plunged into questions and issues that surround families of faith with LGBT children. 

Little has changed for immigrants 10 years after the Postville raid

Ten years after one of the nation’s largest immigration raids, faith communities are calling for a renewed commitment to immigration reform.

By Jeannine M. Pitas |
Article News

In the spring of 2008, a visitor to the small town of Postville, Iowa might have been surprised at what she found. In a region populated mostly by descendants of 19-century Western European immigrants, Postville’s population of about 2,000 people reflected a diversity normally not associated with rural America. Catholic and Protestant European Americans lived and worked alongside Hasidic Jews and immigrants from Guatemala, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere.

Family leave is a Catholic issue

Why Catholic institutions should strive for policies that support parents and kids.

By Jennon Bell Hoffmann |
Article Lifestyle Your Faith

Right after Tralonne Shorter began a new job at a women’s organization, she learned she was pregnant with her first child. What should have been an exciting year of preparation and anticipation was mired by the dismal realities Tralonne and many other women face when figuring out maternity leave. The women’s organization she worked for did not have a paid maternity leave policy, and because she was a new hire Tralonne wasn’t eligible for anything except short-term disability.

How your parish can help those suffering from depression

A pastoral response to depression requires more than just listening.

By Jessie Bazan |
Article Your Faith

During Holy Week 2016, an obituary written by a woman in Duluth, Minnesota caught national media attention. Eleni Pinnow wrote the obituary for her young adult sister Aletha. She began, “Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth (formerly of Oswego and Chicago, Illinois) died from depression and suicide on February 20, 2016.” 

Eviction: Not just a condition, but a cause of poverty

Eviction, says Pulitzer Prize-winner Matthew Desmond, has become a defining moment for low-income families.

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice

Being evicted isn’t just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause, says Matthew Desmond, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown Books). 

While much research and conversation has been devoted to other poverty-related topics such as nutrition, education, and violence, the Princeton sociologist realized no one was looking at eviction or how housing affects poverty in America.