A small c catholic: I wish I could report to you that Merton's piercing insights have become outdated and even irrelevant because we have rid the world of violence.
Peace & Justice
Book review: Jesus Was a Migrant reminds us that our basic Judeo-Christian beliefs are heavily based on the themes of exile and migration.
Over the centuries, the international community has developed criteria for determining whether a war is just and for regulating conduct in combat; now it needs clearer guidelines for "humanitarian intervention" and for post-conflict reconciliation, said the Vatican secretary of state.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis' top aide and chief coordinator of the Vatican diplomatic corps, also warned against indifference toward situations of conflict around the world.
Soul Seeing: One of the great spiritual visionaries of our time was recently on the college campus where I work.
Early in 1965, Edmundite Fr. Maurice Ouellet answered a knock at his door. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the front step.
National Catholic journals unite: "It is time for our nation to embody its commitment to the right to life by abolishing the death penalty once and for all."
Bix, as he was called by nearly all who knew him, "has fearlessly proclaimed a message of peace and worked tirelessly for the poor."
The New Yorker's March 9 issue offers an interesting account of the three Catholic anti-war activists, including a now-85-year-old Catholic sister, who broke into and engaged in a nonviolent protest in what the U.S. government calls its most secure nuclear weapons plant, the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., near Knoxville.
Making a Difference: Instead of fueling war, we need to pressure our government to provide assistance to those suffering because of the Islamic State.
Refugees fleeing from under the thumb of the Islamic State say that the group's success in establishing order has since been overshadowed by continued brutality.