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.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TOIS 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.