Justice and Peace
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Justice and Peace

CATHOLIC CHURCH MOVING FROM LEGALISM TO MERCY 
The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the Gospel really say here?’" the Washington DC Cardinal said of the recent Vatican synod.
CATHOLIC CHURCH MUST WELCOME UNCONVENTIONAL COUPLES, SAYS TOP ITALIAN BISHOP 
The Catholic Church should make “unconventional couples” feel at home instead of making them targets of “de facto discrimination,” the leader of the Italian Bishops Conference said this week.
CATHOLIC LEADERS MADE STRONG CONDEMNATIONS ALONG WITH CALLS TO DO MORE 
Policy victories overshadowed by questions about his demeanor and his continued advocacy for hard-line immigration proposals, both of which are prompting continued condemnations from Catholic leaders in the United States.
CATHOLIC LOBBYING CROSSES DIVIDES IN PURSUIT OF THE COMMON GOOD 
State Catholic conferences across the nation work in all-red and all-blue states and in states with divided governments, seeking to bring often divergent groups together in pursuit of the common good.
CATHOLIC WOMEN CALL FOR EXPANDED NOTION OF 'FAMILY VALUES' 
A group of Catholic women wants political leaders to think bigger when it comes to so-called family values, claiming that the election has been too quiet on topics important to families.
CATHOLICISM AND LGBT DISCRIMINATION 
The Catholic Church can't just congratulate itself on condemning violence toward LGBT people. We need to do better and fight to end discrimination of all kinds.
CERTIFIABLY CATHOLIC 
Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? You’ll have to do more than feed the hungry and teach your children the Lord’s Prayer in at least four modern languages and one or two dead ones.
CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES MUST RECONCILE DIVISIONS POST-TRUMP 
Cardina Tobin also says Pope’s teaching on family cannot be reduced to “yes or no” answers.
DIVORCE IS NOT A MORTAL SIN 
The most serious and most common misrepresentation of Catholic Church teaching is the claim that those who have divorced and remarried are not allowed to receive communion because they are in a state of mortal sin.
DOES THE CHURCH NEED A REALITY CHECK ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE? 
Sometimes, everyone can benefit from a good reality check.
DOING VIOLENCE IN GOD'S NAME 
We see countless examples of this in history. From the time that we first gained self-consciousness, we've done violence in God name.
EXAMINING OUR SOCIAL SINS 
What does it mean to embrace honestly an examination of conscience at a time and in a world where racism, violence and environmental degradation are so present?
FATHER RICHARD ROHR ON RACISM, NON-DUAL THINKING, AND JESUS CHRIST 
As a proponent of the Perennial Tradition with a distinct Wisdom Lineage, Rohr is known for his ability to reach spiritual seekers across traditional religious boundaries.
I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU DID NOT WELCOME ME 
Refusing the one in need because you want to protect yourself, especially when the other is in desperate need and obvious danger, is not what Christianity is about.
IS IT TIME FOR A CULTURAL DETOX? 
The #MeToo movement is driving important dialogue about privilege and sexual abuse, but let’s not pat ourselves on the back for a job well done just yet.
IT'S TIME FOR THE U.S. BISHOPS TO REVISE THEIR CATHOLIC VOTING GUIDE 
True pastoral leadership notices, encourages and trusts the work of the Spirit in the heart of each believer for the building up of God's reign in our world.
IT'S TIME TO PUT TRUTH BEFORE POLITICAL TRIBE 
The only antidote is an educated, critically minded electorate who can see through the hoaxes and separate fact from propaganda.
LIVING FAITHFULLY IN A WORLD OF VIOLENCE 
The news lately seems unrelentingly grim, a constant litany of outrageous violence committed by those bent upon instilling fear.
LOVE AND JUSTICE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ATTACHMENT TO THE LAWS 
Pope Francis lamented the case of Christians who are so attached to the laws that they neglect the concepts of love and justice.
MERCIFUL GOD, MERCIFUL CHURCH 
In this wide-ranging exclusive Commonweal interview, Cardinal Walter Kasper discusses mercy, Pope Francis, the CDF, and the Catholic Church's stances on marriage, divorce and communion.
MERCY, TRUTH, AND PASTORAL PRACTICE 
A huge number of persons today no longer go to church or have a very strained relationship to their churches because what they've met in their churches doesn't speak well of God.
ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY 
Religions impact public life; they are not wholly private. But what does religious liberty mean if churches aren't above public laws?
PROPHETIC PRAYER & MORAL RESISTANCE 
The Role of the Faithful in the Trump Era... We can slumber through the next four years or wake up to this moment’s encroaching darkness with our spirits on fire.
SOLIDARITY IS ALWAYS ACTUAL, PROPHETIC 
The word “solidarity” maintains it “prophetic force” today, even though some people may have thought the term had seen its day, said Pope Francis...
THE CHURCH NEEDS TO WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH ITS LGBT MEMBERS 
The church must reconsider its treatment of LGBT persons, especially those who have been fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientations.
THE COMMON GOOD PERSPECTIVE 
Imagine a world in which we are able to dialogue about abortion, civil rights, voting requirements, climate change, and a host of other contentious issues without slinging one-liners at one another.
THE DARK NIGHT OF OUR NATION'S POLITICS 
Our nation’s political campaign has already distinguished itself by its debased level of public discourse. When national politics takes a dark turn, the road to renewal is also at hand.
THE GOSPEL ISN'T SINGLE-ISSUE 
Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate warns against elevating any issue, abortion in particular, over all others. And so 'he wants to prevent the faith from being shaped to suit political ideology.' In other words, the Gospel isn’t single-issue.
THE GOSPEL OF NONVIOLENCE 
Neither passive nor weak, Jesus’ nonviolence is the power of love in action for the well-being of all. Is it time for the church to reconsider its approach to peace?
US FIRST! 
More and more, we are making ourselves the priority and defining ourselves in ways that are not just against the Gospel but are also making us meaner in spirit and more miserly of heart.
WATERED DOWN, OR DRIED UP? FAITH & DISAFFECTION 
In the end, reducing faith to political checklists can neither lift Christianity above the superficiality of bourgeois religion nor reverse the rapidly advancing disaffiliation of the young.
WHEN DOES FAITH DISAPPEAR? 
Is ceasing to believe in something the same thing as losing one's faith? Not necessarily. Rejecting a set of theological propositions is not the same thing as losing one's faith.
A CHURCH FOR PEACE? 
The message of fifty years of social teaching is that the entire church’s mission is to celebrate God’s gift of peace.
AN ARMY FOR MAKING PEACE; THE GEOPOLITICS OF FRANCIS 
Stopping an unjust aggressor. With weapons if necessary. A pope thought to be pacifist appeals for the military protection of populations attacked by the Islamic caliphate.
BLACK LIVES, WHITE CATHOLICS 
Consulting and collaborating with historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and theologians can help reveal the scope and tenacity of racism.
IS THE WORLD A PROBLEM? AN ESSAY BY THOMAS MERTON 1966 
The world cannot be a problem to anyone who sees that ultimately Christ, the world, his brother and his own inmost ground are made one and the same in grace and redemptive love.
WHY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH STANDS WITH REFUGEES 
New president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services Sean Callahan reminds us refugees need our assistance, not our fear.
SYSTEMIC RACISM IS PRO-LIFE ISSUE, AND CATHOLICS MUST STEP UP  
If Catholic leaders are willing to hit the streets, carry banners and lobby lawmakers for the unborn, they should also be pouring out of churches to resist the assault on black and brown bodies.
BISHOPS' LETTER FAILS TO RECOGNIZE THAT RACISM IS A WHITE PROBLEM 
The truth is that racism is a white problem because in this society whites hold the power, establish the institutions and set the social norms. And the new document does not come anywhere close to acknowledging or clearly stating this fact.
IT’S TIME TO GIVE THE CHURCH BACK TO THE PEOPLE—LITERALLY: AN (IM)MODEST PROPOSAL FOR CHURCH RENEWAL 
We have nothing to lose but many hundreds or even thousands of neighbors and friends to gain. It’s time to give ourselves a renewed church, literally.
WHAT IS SOCIAL ACTION IN THE CHURCH TODAY? 
Headlines are fleeting; the real work of activism is the same ordinary work of mercy that happens all over America, every day, in large and small actions.
THE WRONG MESSAGE 
Why Were the Bishops so Quick to Oppose LGBTQ Protections?
ROOTS OF AMERICAN CATHOLIC POLARIZATION 
Many Catholics have little to no knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching, which sadly remains the Church’s “best kept secret.”
FOUR BISHOPS SIGN ON TO LETTER VOICING CONCERNS WITH EQUALITY ACT 
The bill would "add the terms 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the definition of 'sex' in federal civil rights laws...
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM JEAN VANIER 
Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.
COMMON HUMANITY AS THE BASIS OF A COMMUNITY OF NATIONS 
Love of country is always a mixture of gratitude, pain, joy, sorrow, pride, shame and sometimes guilt.
HOW BIBLICAL ‘CHOSENNESS’ HAS JUSTIFIED VIOLENCE, MISOGYNY, AND ANTI-IMMIGRANT SENTIMENT 
The weaponization of belief is especially acute in cultures like ours.
NEVER AGAIN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP 
In Gaudium et Spes, the Second Vatican Council made a list of several infamies which degrade humanity and human dignity, including... deportations.
A PRISM OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING 
A refresher on Catholic social teaching, as reflected through the lens of a sister working in San Diego with migrants, treated as guests.
AS IMMIGRATION POLICY CHANGES, SO DOES WORK OF CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS 
Catholic organizations and parishes have responded with renewed efforts focused on helping those groups.
WHAT'S THE PATH TO TRUE DIALOGUE ABOUT GENDER IN THE CHURCH? 
True dialogue presupposes genuine conversation partners, who stand on equal footing...
MEET THE PIONEERS WHO CLEARED THE PATH FOR TODAY‘S CATHOLIC ACTIVISTS 
The legacy of towering figures such as Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan still guides the work of Catholic activists today.
HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT THAT PRECEDES THE STATE 
Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege
HOW FIVE BISHOPS COULD DELIVER A POWERFUL PRO-IMMIGRANT GESTURE 
The only way to get back into the game is by getting back into the game.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MAY BE A NO-BRAINER, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE RELEARNED 
It should never be forgotten that the Gospel is incompatible with any form of forced conversion or religious bigotry.
OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING AT THE BORDER. BISHOPS, WHERE ARE YOU? 
People showing up at the border are not vacationing. This is survival, not opportunism.
NATIVISM ISN’T NEW IN AMERICA 
‘The Guarded Gate’ highlights uncomfortable comparisons with the modern United States
WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE? 
Few terms have become as unmoored from their Catholic origins, and have thus lent themselves to misunderstanding in contemporary discourse, as has the term “social justice.”
CATHOLIC CHURCH HELPS HIDDEN POOR IN MARTHA’S VINEYARD 
The only Catholic parish on Martha's Vineyard is serving the homeless and the hungry on an island known for its wealth.
WHY WE NEED A NEW THEOLOGY OF WORK 
We have to ask if the idea of vocation as a stable place in the world applies to the way careers operate in the American economy.
PEACE BY PIECE 
Peacebuilding is everyone’s responsibility—as a church, in our schools, as individuals. It’s not just something for governments to do.
PRELATES SAY FEELING OF STRIFE, ENMITY SIGNALS ‘CRISIS OF COMPASSION’ 
Immigration is as ancient as recorded history. It is driven by multiple factors - people move because they are afraid, oppressed, or to escape violence and chaos.
HOW MUCH IS A PRAYER WORTH? FOR CHRISTIANS SURVIVING A DISASTER 
There always seems to be this backlash after major disasters of people criticising these gestures and saying that they are meaningless.
STURZO IN EXILE: THE DEMOCRATIC LEGACY OF AN ITALIAN PRIEST 
Is liberal democracy really so exhausted that there is no choice but to abandon it?
THE GLOBAL COMPACT FOR MIGRATION  
We must encourage countries to coordinate more suitable and effective responses to the challenges posed by issues of migration.
AMID VITRIOL AND POLARIZATION, HOW CAN WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER?  
A look at the American political climate — and the strain it's putting on personal relationships
VATICAN II’S FORGOTTEN APOSTLE OF THE POOR STAGES COMEBACK AT AMAZON SYNOD 
Lercaro always represented a third option for the “spirit of Vatican II, one focused on the Church as a tribune for the poor and downtrodden of the world.
CHURCHES ANSWER THE CALL TO SHELTER THE HOMELESS 
Churches around the country are opening their doors to those experiencing homelessness, offering them sanctuary within church walls.
POPE FRANCIS AND POPULIST POLITICIANS ARE IN PERFECT CONTRADICTION 
The recent success of the 'Far Right' is diametrically opposed to the ideology of Pope Francis' Church
POLITICS: OLD AND NEW 
While separation of church and state is an important protection for all religions, it doesn’t mean we as people of faith shouldn’t engage in our civic duties and the political process.
ANGER: A VIRTUE FOR OUR TIME, BECAUSE SILENCE IS NOT WORKING 
"Generally speaking," the Dalai Lama said, "if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain."
ST. EPHREM’S LAMENT 
In an about-face that was as stunning as it was ill conceived, the undisputed symbol of Western supremacy in a war-torn part of the Middle East turned its back on a faithful ally. The year was 363.
THE GOSPEL ECONOMY  
Basically, to understand the Gospel in its purity and in its transformative power, we have to stop counting, measuring, and weighing.
IT'S TIME FOR OUR BIASES TO GROW 
Find out the four biases she suggests to counter the toxic kinds that are plaguing U.S. society today. Decorum in differences must be reclaimed, says Sr. Joan Chittister.
HOW FAITH CAN TRANSFORM ADDICTION RECOVERY 
Increasing the government budget for social care and rehabilitation will help cut public spending on prisons.
THE REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS 
The Emmaus Community is a successful example of how people with various disabilities can be integrated into society.
PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE: DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION 
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 53rd World Day of Peace [1 January 2020]
CHRIST THE REFUGEE AND OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULDN’T BE CONTROVERSIAL 
Why are we so afraid to see Christ in the worst things that could happen to a person?
BE YOU EITHER HOT OR COLD: JESUS' WORDS, NOT MINE 
Moderation won't do it. What we need now is Christian extremism, the idea that there are some things that cannot be tolerated in life, that there is something we can do...
DOROTHY DAY DOCUMENTARY EXAMINES THE WOMAN AND MIGHT-BE SAINT 
She's been called uncompromising. Prophetic. A peacemaker. No wonder documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier admits to having been "afraid" to tackle Dorothy Day as a subject.
SANCTUARY CITIES AND THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY 
The idea of sanctuary cities arouses strong moral passions. For some, the term “sanctuary city” evokes images of a local community resisting unjust immigration enforcement, while for others it connotes lawlessness and disorder.
PROMOTING HUMAN DIGNITY IS OUR BAPTISMAL CALL 
When we fail to make what Christ is doing the starting point as we take up the social ministry of the Church, we end up with a distorted view of the Church and our very call to holiness.
IS ALL RELIGIOUS SPEECH PROTECTED BY LAW? THE ANSWER IS COMPLICATED 
Whether religious speech is immune from defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims, for example, depends on the context and content of the speech.
THE CATHOLIC PEACE MOVEMENT IS AT A CRITICAL STAGE 
There’s more than one way to be a Catholic peace activist today. The Catholic peace movement has changed over the years. What is its future?
WHAT DID JESUS THINK OF IMMIGRATION? 
Anyone who imagines Jesus has no stake in the debate about our treatment of the stranger at our borders needs to attend more Bible study.
MIGRATION, CORRUPTION COULD BE KEY THEMES OF POPE’S MALTA DAY TRIP 
Francis' first international trip of 2020, will likely be framed by key political issues for which he has often raised his voice: migration and corruption.
NEW YORK CITY’S UNKNOWNS COME ALIVE 
"Portraits of Immigrants" will showcase 18 of Betsy Ashton's portraits and stories, from refugees to undocumented migrants. It runs from Feb. 14 - March 8 at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg.
5 THINGS CATHOLICS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ASYLUM SEEKERS AT THE BORDER 
In the past two years, the situation of migrants has changed drastically, says a Claretian priest working at the U.S.-Mexico border.
RETHINKING POLITICS: A BETTER PATH TO FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP 
If our politics ever is going to be something better than a football game, it falls on Catholics especially to bear witness to a real alternative.
THE CHURCH'S TREATMENT OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IS KILLING ITS FUTURE 
If [church leaders] truly want the church to have a future, they have to get on the right side of history and the right side of the Gospel.
CATHOLIC WORKER CONFRONTS NEW ERA 
As TV documentary spotlights Dorothy Day's legacy, today's Catholic Worker houses face new challenges
UN REPORT BLASTS RELIGIONS' OVERREACH, AND THE HOLY SEE IS NOT AMUSED 
{Report] looks at the ways religious groups influence laws that violate the rights of women, girls and LGBT people - something the Vatican has been doing for years.
AN EXPERT IN SOCIAL CARE URGES CHURCHES TO SPEAK OUT, WARNS: 'WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT TIME?' 
If the churches and others stay silent and scrutiny is closed down the first time round it will not be any easier when the next time comes.
‘WE CANNOT LOVE GOD UNLESS WE LOVE EACH OTHER’ 
The current political climate calls for open doors and open hearts.
DETERMINED ITALIAN NUN EMBODIES POPE’S ‘FIELD HOSPITAL’ VISION 
We should think of new ways to continue caring for our patients who, in addition to health issues, experience very precarious social situations.
TO FIGHT RACISM, CATHOLICS MUST HUNGER FOR JUSTICE LIKE WE DO FOR THE EUCHARIST 
Here are five ways for Catholics to deepen their commitment to working against racism.
WE ALL MUST SAY 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' 
In the most charitable read of the situation, perhaps the problem is that Catholic leaders don't realize what Black Lives Matter means.
WHY ARCHBISHOP GREGORY SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR STANDING UP TO POWERFUL FORCES 
When historians look back on this period, his intervention may well go down as a courageous move demonstrating that at least some at the highest levels in the Church were willing to stand up to the US President.
FROM CHURCH TO CHURCHES: THE HISTORICAL FAILURE OF SOCIAL LOVE 
What is commanded is not difficult to understand; it is hard to enact. By loving one another in imitation of Christ, Christians constitute themselves as a social body, a distinctive collectivity marked by a certain way of life.
“I CAN’T BREATHE”: THE WHOLE EARTH ECHOES THE CRY FOR JUSTICE  
The metaforce of breath will not go away. And neither will the resistance to the systemic mechanisms of suffocation, symbolic and material, that control much of what we call civilisation.
PENTECOST DEMANDS A FAITH THAT MOVES 
The Spirit sent the disciples out from silence and into the street. This Spirit was the very same Spirit that guided their prayers—the same Spirit that guides ours.
WHEN WILL THE US BISHOPS ADDRESS THE EVIL OF SYSTEMIC RACISM HEAD-ON? 
The urgency of the moment demands honesty; The 2018 U.S. bishops' 'Open Wide Our Hearts' pastoral letter on racism has proven to be a worthless statement.
CORONAVIRUS: A NEW RESPONSIBILITY 
Institutions can give the money, but they don’t dispense the compassion. That’s up to us. Now is the absolutely worst time for the world to fall apart in petty nationalist squabbling. There is a greater than ever need to pull together and work together.
FOUR WAYS TO TELL A PROPHET FROM A POLITICAL PUPPET  
Religion can be a political prop or a prophetic voice. Religious and political leaders can work together for the common good, but they should be enriching the community, not each other.
RESOURCES FOR TODAY’S ANTI-RACIST CATHOLIC 
As Catholics living in the United States, we recognize the times when our country has not been a place where that dignity is recognized equally for all people.
WHY BLACK DEATHS MATTER 
When we mourn, we understand how hollow the safety and comfort provided by our world really is. We see our own exposure to death, as well as our shared humanity constituted by this vulnerability. The deepest meaning of Black Lives Matter is a call for new life rather than better life.
SIX LESSONS FOR POLICE REFORM FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 
The Catholic Church and the U. S. law-enforcement system have something in common: They are both powerful institutions with fiercely loyal agents who have covered up misdeeds — clergy sex abuse and police brutality — and have been in need of reform.
WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN TOPPLE (SOME) STATUES  
For those who wish to understand the present moment, the salient point is not “law and order” or “urban decorum.” The problem is what we want to do with our past.
BLIND TO EQUALITY YET? 
Consideration of racism is grounded in fundamental scriptural beliefs: equal dignity of all people, created in God's image; and Christ's redemption of all. The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it.
OUR ROMERO MOMENT: TIME FOR U.S. BISHOPS TO STAND UP AGAINST RACISM 
Calling upon the faithful to pray, even to pray seriously, is about as safe a place that a religious leader can hide. It is also a good way to ensure that nothing changes.
COVID-19 IS NOT THE ONLY PANDEMIC OUR NATION IS FIGHTING 
This virus of fear, which spreads racism, can be diagnosed and steps can be taken to resist and overcome it. The antidote is courage and love.
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM NEEDS A REBOOT 
Not only do we need better political leaders, we need more prophets to challenge us and to call us to follow the path leading to a better world for our grandchildren. If we do that, we will be truly exceptional.
ART, RACISM, AND THE PROBLEM OF WHITE JESUS  
If a society decides to do away with some commercials they deem hurtful and dangerous, they can do that and they probably should. That’s not “erasing history”... It’s part of keeping the public safe, even if it doesn’t look like it to you.
IT’S THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS... WHO HAVE FAILED THE TEST OF HISTORY 
Anti-racism requires that we confront the very nature of how we build institutions that relate to the past only in particular ways, and it demands that we reimagine our relationships to the past.
COVID-19 IS MORE THAN A PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE: IT'S A MORAL TEST  
The time is already past to admit that the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is a moral crisis, not simply a public health and economic crisis.
CATHOLIC NUNS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 50 YEARS ON  
The change for U.S. Catholic women in religious life between 1960 and the mid-1980s cannot be overstated. It was an historical, theological, sociological and psychological transition of epic proportions – personally, professionally and spiritually.
TAKING FREEDOM TOO FAR 
When read carefully, the USCCB’s brief in the Bostock case proves to be only another example of Catholic leaders setting aside the Church’s moral theology for the sake of a “win” in the culture wars.
A CHURCH THAT IS POOR? 
In many countries, including the United States, the Catholic Church is not only an important advocate for the voiceless, but also literally a lifeline. What are the costs for the poor of having a poor Church?
DON'T PLAY POLITICS WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES DURING A PANDEMIC 
Catholic social teaching recognizes that personal charity is not enough, that just societies must be measured by the degree to which they ameliorate the conditions faced by the poor — not by the amount of money they bestow upon the wealthy.
ONLY RECONCILIATION CAN CANCEL TRANSGRESSIONS  
Our task––our common task––is to try to desire reconciliation, and reconciliation requires building something together, and building something together requires a forgiveness the likes of which is unimaginable.
A BETTER WAY TO SERVE AND PROTECT 
Police militarization has led to excessive use of force, says Tobias Winright, an officer-turned-theologian. We as a church are supposed to be a sacrament to the world, a community of all communities. What can we do to facilitate, to encourage, to be a catalyst for bringing these groups together?
VATICAN OFFICIAL SAYS ‘LIFE’ SHOULD NEVER BE USED AS A POLITICAL WEAPON  
As the United States presidential elections draw nearer and candidates on both sides tout their position on life issues as reasons for their electability, the Vatican’s top official in the area has cautioned against turning life into an ideological weapon.
INEQUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION ARE FRUIT OF A ‘SICK ECONOMY’ 
These symptoms of inequality reveal a social illness; it is a virus that comes from a sick economy. And we must say it simply: the economy is sick. It has become ill. This is the illness: the fruit of unequal economic growth — that disregards fundamental human values
STILL A SIGN OF CONTRADICTION 
Liberal, conservative, traditionalist, progressive: Dorothy Day's life defies these conventional, increasingly inadequate categories. Dorothy simply tried to live in accord with the convictions that drew her to the church.
TROLLING THE CATHOLIC VOTE 
Appealing to voters based on religious identity or values has a long and often inspiring history. What is disturbing about CatholicVote is its apparent cynicism about the intelligence and faith of its prospective audience.
AN INTERNSHIP TEACHES THE MEANING OF 'ANYTHING HELPS' 
And anything can change everything if you see it as an opportunity to share joy, and give love with every moment.
PREEMINENT? THE BISHOPS MISS THE MARK ON FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP 
The bishops’ insistence on abortion as the preeminent political issue reveals their resistance to Pope Francis’s call to serve the common good in all its complexity.
MORAL DISCERNMENT OR (EVIL) GENIUS? 
How demonization of Catholics with whom we disagree is a detriment to evangelization and undermines Christ's mission, which impedes the important call to reach those who have left the faith or contemplating doing so.
POPE FRANCIS IN ASSISI ON OCTOBER 3 TO SIGN THE ENCYCLICAL 
Pope Francis will travel to Assisi on 3 October to sign his new encyclical on human fraternity titled “Fratelli tutti”. We can expect this to be a landmark document on how the Church can help build a more just world.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACISM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 
If you are a Catholic in America today, this is your chance. History is offering you an opportunity for conversion and unity. Our identity comes from the theological aspect of the sacrament: We are all one in Christ.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR A NEW CATHOLIC POLITICAL VISION 
The principles of Catholicism invite us to transcend the political divide and encourage faithful Catholics to advocate Catholic social teaching even—and especially—within their respective parties.
EVERY CHRISTIAN GENERATION CALLED TO MANIFEST MERCY IN ITS TIME 
In the ancient world, the single most popular mark of the Christian in common society was the believer’s willingness to forgive. It was mercy that was the predominant synonym for Christian.
THE U.S. POLITICAL SYSTEM IS BROKEN. HOW CAN WE FIX IT? 
We need to stop seeking political victories at all cost and vilifying the people who disagree with us; instead we need to work together to renew our political order.
REIMAGINE FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP, RESTORE THE COMMON GOOD  
One of the key signs of our times is the fact that the U.S. constitutional republic is facing its greatest stress test since the Civil War. Yet the U.S. Catholic bishops, in their quadrennial reflection on political responsibility, seem oddly out of tune...
ENVIRONMENT, OTHER ISSUES BEYOND ABORTION ARE CRITICAL IN VOTING 
Pushing back against single-issue voting, the bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, said Catholics should consider concerns beyond abortion, such as the environment, when evaluating candidates for political office.
POPE TO TAKE COVID CONCERNS TO GLOBAL STAGE AT UN  
Pope Francis will speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rethink economic, political and environmental policies when he addresses the UN General Assembly via video message on September 21.
READING MATER ET MAGISTRA 
Mater et Magistra, published in May 1961, came at a significant moment in the life of the Church. In tone as well as in content, it was beginning to manifest what would later be called the “Spirit” of Vatican II.
LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE SELF-CENTERED 
Clearly, the land of the free and the home of the self-centered have a lot to learn from the people of all ages and all countries who manage to wear masks, avoid pool parties and understand that the fines that go with activities like those are in recognition of everybody else's rights.
GOOD POLITICS FOR THE COMMON GOOD 
The Christian response to the pandemic and to the consequent socio-economic crisis is based on love, above all, love of God who always precedes us. He loves us first...
POPE: “PHARMACEUTICAL MARGINALITY” FURTHERS GAP BETWEEN NATIONS 
Pope Francis is a rare leader on the global stage to call out big pharmaceutical companies for making drugs so expensive so that they are only accessible to the rich - and the poor who are sick are denied treatment.
WORKING FOR JUSTICE MEANS TAKING SIDES 
Every Catholic bishop should be willing to take a side, to say without qualification, “Black lives matter,” not just because it’s true, but because that’s what needs to be said now.
THE ONLY WAY OUT OF THE CURRENT CRISIS IS ALL TOGETHER 
Pope Francis looks to a post-pandemic world and reflects on the principle of subsidiarity, whereby every level of society has a role to play in revitalizing the social fabric.
CATHOLICS MUST VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE THIS ELECTION 
There is much Americans can disagree about, but one thing is clear: In the past three and a half years, many people have been suffering.
POPE CALLS FOR REFORMS, CHANGE IN DIRECTION, IN ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS" 
The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need: Reaffirming our Joint Commitment through Multilateralism"Transform the challenge that lies before us into an opportunity to build together, once more, the future we all desire"