Book review: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith's memoir is what a reader might expect to find if Rudy Huxtable grew up to be an astoundingly good writer.
Peace & Justice
NCR Today: The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero reminds me of a story a prison chaplain told me in El Salvador.
Making a Difference: Whether it's on an individual, city, national or international level, violence always dishonors God and makes bad situations worse.
KANSAS CITY, MO – A Memorial Day peace walk here today paid special tribute to more than 150 workers who reportedly have died as a result of cancers and other diseases contracted while working at a now closed and contaminated local nuclear weapons plant.
Memorial Day: I love my country. I marched in and still cry at parades. My dad was a World War II veteran. But I abhor war.
Just Catholic: The United States of America is going to kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the "Boston bomber." What does this say about us?
Saying it was for the church to decide whether Dorothy Day was a saint, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez told a conference on the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement that she left a rich legacy for people to follow.
"I don't know if she is a saint ... but I do know she makes me want to be a saint. She makes us want to be better. She makes us want to be holy," Gomez said in remarks to the conference May 14.
Day has been named a servant of God by the church and the diocesan phase of the canonization process has been underway in the New York archdiocese since 2000.
As the Vatican gets set to roll out its highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, it is wise to recall the greatest signal threat to the global environment is the explosion of a nuclear weapon. Even one such explosion would significantly alter the world's environment, as the radiation cloud would drift around the planet.
"It is imperative the world move systematically and relentlessly toward nuclear disarmament," Bishop Oscar Cantu, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote in a May 12 letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
"For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War," he wrote. "Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth."
No matter what the Gospel says, picking up snakes is never going to be part of my mission plan. Now that I think about it, I'm also pretty reluctant to pick fights with demons, so the commentaries that say Mark didn't really write this ending to his Gospel offer me a welcome justification for avoiding those adventures. Most scholars think that the Gospel of Mark ended at Verse 8 of Chapter 16, which states that the women who discovered Jesus' empty tomb "said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid."