I had worked in the factory alongside a lighthearted and funny family man about ten years my senior for perhaps three or four months before the topic came up. As a young man, he’d been part of a gang, and he and some peers were arrested after a fight. Some of them were armed, and they all ended up spending a few years in the state prison. He came out convinced that he didn’t want to go back and determined to straighten out his life.
An earlier post explored the economic landscape of Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities with high poverty rates. Economics, in turn, helps to shape municipal politics in places like Ferguson.
One of the recurring questions in Catholic schools, especially when it comes to sustaining a strong Catholic identity, is the integration and presence of non-Catholic faculty. In the context of a university setting, John Langan, S.J., professor at Georgetown University, once framed the central inquiries as follows:
The Vatican has clarified the current legal situation of its former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Josef Wesolowski, and has denied allegations made in the U.S. and other media that it acted in an improper way that prevents him being subjected to judicial process in the Latin American state or in Poland (where he is a citizen).
To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs will release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era and its connections to the Catholic Church. Over the next 12 months, resources will highlight the Mississippi Freedom Summer (June to August 1964); the Civil Rights Act (July 1964); the March from Selma to Montgomery (March 1965); and the 50 anniversary...
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Chair of the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued this year’s Labor Day Statement on behalf of the bishops' conference. As always, the statement is a powerful call to live out our faith, and gives us “the chance to see how work in America matches up to the lofty ideals of our Catholic tradition...
In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.
Dear Don Albino,
At the Catholic Moral Theology blog, Nichole Flores remembers James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS terrorists. (It's so horrible to write those words. May God be with his family.)
"I did not know James Foley personally," writes Flores, "but as a Catholic educator, I feel like I know a lot of students like him: smart, idealistic, committed, and brave. In his story, I see the stories of so many of my students."
Foley graduated in 1996 from Marquette University...
The ride to the church seemed too short to give me time to unleash all those tears. I had to preach. What would I say?
How do you preach what you feel when you’re one of only a few black people in the church?
What do you say to a mostly white congregation after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown? What do you say after prayers and litanies are offered to remind us that we are called to promote justice and peace?