Now it is time for the rest of us — parishioners, homilists and parishes — to support our bishops on this issue and to live out our Catholic social teachings with a new urgency. It is time to let our leaders in Washington know that we do not accept their attack on millions of people seeking only to live a dignified life.
Our nation is deeply divided along a number of political, economic and social fault lines. As a people, we seem to have given in to a form of discourse and argumentation that lacks basic respect and civility. We may not like the negative political ads or the candidates arguing and debating as if facing mortal enemies, but we are part of the culture that makes it possible.
His name is Omran. He sits motionless in an Aleppo ambulance after his family home was bombed. His silent stare screams at anyone looking: “I am a human being! Why can’t you see me?”
We hear a lot these days about angry Americans. I am not sure who they are, nor do I know all their reasons for being angry. Perhaps recent news reports offer some answers. A column by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich highlighted income disparity in the United States. The CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, […]
You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That’s how prayer works. Nothing says Lent more than the ancient practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Catholics know these practices well, and we do our best to engage all of them at a higher level during the Lenten season. Though seldom acknowledged, Catholic social teaching […]
Pope Paul VI issued a call for Catholics to let our values lead us in shaping and reforming society “It belongs to the laity, without waiting passively for orders and directives, to take the initiative freely and to infuse a Christian spirit into the mentality, customs, laws, and structures of the community in which they […]