In the worldwide refugee crisis, U.S. Catholic parishes provide a warm welcome to those who must leave their homes.
When a woman had to quickly flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the United States after her husband was murdered because of political strife, parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Louisville, Kentucky were there for her. In the process of leaving her home country, she had lost track of her three sons. But with the help of the parish and social media, her sons were tracked down in Rwanda, where they had sought refuge, and were joined together with their mother. Parishioners at St. Francis helped facilitate the reunion.
Catholic doctrine prioritizes mercy, compassion, and redemption. But these words are becoming more difficult to apply to America’s criminal-justice system.
Note to readers: This feature was originally published in our June 1998 issue. While some of the statistics may be out of date, it is alarming how much of the story still holds true today.
Christ's death means that no one needs to be harmed in the name of maintaining community.
Christ is the “forgiving victim,” says James Alison, a Catholic priest, theologian, and author. This idea stems from Alison’s Christian interpretation of philosopher René Girard; his work is peppered with language like “the mimetic nature of desire” and “the scapegoat mechanism.”
Arimathea pallbearer ministries teach teenage boys the true meaning of mercy.
It was a beautiful and breezy October morning when high school senior Joshua Gonzalez carried his first casket. Gonzalez was one of six students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in Detroit, Michigan to serve as a pallbearer at the memorial service honoring three veterans—U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Joseph Michael Fitzryk, U.S. Army Spc. Ronald Lee LaValley, and U.S. Air Force Spc. Melvin R. Wilbourn.
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich says the church needs to speak up regarding gun violence.
Summers in Chicago are violent. It’s not the whole story of the City of Big Shoulders, but it’s one no resident can escape. By July of this year there were 1,900 shooting victims, the Chicago Tribune reported, or about 10 per day. Even beyond the city’s borders, gun violence plagues the nation.
Standing up against injustice can be the hardest thing you ever do, but no one ever said following God would be easy.
No is a word we should use more often.
Parents should talk to their kids about sex and sexuality long before adolescence.
I was behind and I didn’t even know it. Despite considering myself a progressive, open parent, I took our 3-year-old son to his annual doctor’s checkup only to realize I had already missed an important opportunity to educate him. After asking my son to disrobe, his pediatrician said, “I’m going to look at your private parts, but it’s okay because I’m your doctor and your mommy and daddy are here.” My son barely paid attention, but I realized that somewhere between baby proofing and the ABCs, I had forgotten to teach my son about who is allowed to look at his privates.
Jesus would be present to transgender Catholics. Our faith teaches we should, too.
In February I participated in a panel on transgender Catholics at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress called “Transgender in the Church: One Bread, One Body.” Almost 800 people attended this session, which testifies to the intense interest that this issue raises in both our society and the church.
Protecting the rich at the expense of the poor isn’t just immoral, says this economist—it is a recipe for economic disaster.
Charles Clark probably doesn’t win a lot of friends in his chosen profession when he says that most economists don’t really understand the economy. But even though he earns a living teaching economics at St. John’s University in New York, Clark believes that understanding how the economy really works requires more than just a classroom education.
Twenty years ago was the end of welfare as we know it. It’s time to find a new way to support the needs of struggling families.
One in five American children grows up poor, vulnerable to the physical, developmental, and neurological effects of poverty. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) now urges its physicians to add questions about family poverty to their standard children’s health assessments as a means of early detection of at-risk children. “Pediatricians deal on a daily basis with the intersection between poverty and health and the well-being of children,” says Dr. Benard Dreyer, president of the AAP. “They understand that they actually aren’t separate.”
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