US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Amazon Warrior

By Kathy Coffey |
Even unto death, Dorothy Stang had no fear in her fight for the poor and the rain forest, and her example inspires us to join the battle.

Just when I thought I’d outgrown mentors, a friend introduced me to David Stang. His enthusiasm for his favorite subject, his sister Dorothy, is contagious.

How much do you really own?

By Barry Hudock |
Catholic teaching says that what's mine is yours when it comes to ownership of private property.

Catholic social teaching used to be called the church’s “best kept secret.” But the secret is getting out in a surprising way. Prominent Catholic Congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has invoked it repeatedly in support of his federal budget proposal. Not everyone agreed with his catechism lesson, and the controversy that ensued probably gave Catholic Social Teaching more public attention than any papal encyclical ever did.

Less isn't more

By Kevin Clarke |
Solutions to poverty’s big challenges don’t come in smaller packages.

We are the world: An interview with Cardinal Peter Turkson

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
In its 75 years U.S. Catholic has also covered the global church. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana shares with us how we are all connected. 

When Cardinal Peter Turkson flies from Ghana to Italy, all the passengers are escorted by police to a small entry point at the airport in Rome, where their documents are checked even before they get to immigration.  

“Why all this scrutiny?” Turkson asks. “It is because of where the plane is coming from: Africa.”

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.

Admission impossible: Preferential option for the poor at Catholic colleges

By Gerald J. Beyer |
Catholic colleges and universities fall behind their secular counterparts in an effort to recruit, accept, and keep poor students.

Many Catholic colleges and universities boast uplifting stories about reaching out to promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, I have had the privilege of learning with a remarkable young man who overcame incredible odds to get here.

Invest for success: Making capitalism more socially conscious

By Kevin Clarke |
Bonding with those most in need can yield big returns.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill’s famous observation on democracy: Capitalism is the worst system in the world except for all the others. It’s true that capitalism catches much deserved criticism, often within Catholic social teaching encyclicals, because of its tendency to reduce everything in life to a tradable commodity: natural resources, people, time, the environment. In fact there are few aspects of life that have not been at some point or another poorly served by capitalism.