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An Intimate Look at the Two Fascinating Visionaries Touted by Pope Francis -- Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

When Pope Francis, in his historic speech to Congress, spotlighted Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, I let out a shout -- and no wonder. Just minutes before, I had finished the pitch to a literary agent for my book project.

Did Pope Francis Just Endorse Socialist Pacifist Dorothy Day For Sainthood?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Papal shout-out will certainly renew interest in Dorothy Day's life and legacy. By embracing Day, the Pope rankled conservatives within and outside the Catholic Church. How ironic, then, that Francis' carefully-chosen words may soon elevate the radical Day to a place among America's saints.

Antonia Blumberg

How One Historic Church Is Reviving The Spirit Of Dorothy Day | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion

The late Dorothy Day, a champion of the poor and dispossessed, is being considered for canonization by the Catholic Church, with the strong endorsemen...

A Pope Without a Doctrine and the Media That Helps Make It Up

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

Pope Francis needs to do more than simply author apostolic exhortations and encyclicals, or replace Western Cardinals and Bishops with non-Western Cardinals and Bishops. Now the laity who are energized by Pope Francis' reform need him to use his pen.

Miami Archbishop Warns Employees: Supporting Gay Marriage Could Cost You Your Job

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) As Florida became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage this week, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to all church employees r...

Making It Easier to Be Good

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

It's no surprise when American bishops talk about canonizing Dorothy Day as a saint, as they've done in recent years. For me, her life embodies the heart of Christianity because of the way she constantly tried to translate her faith into good works.

Will the New Pope Help the Christian Left Fulfill MLK's Vision?

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Greenberg

Pope Francis has shocked--and delighted--many, with his revival of the "social gospel" of the core deeds (feeding the hungry, healing the sick, clothing the poor and visiting the incarcerated), which Jesus reportedly commanded of his followers.

Enroll Mr. Trump, America's 'Welfare Queen' Into Workfare for the Wealthy

Robert Hoch | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Robert Hoch

What would it look like to enroll hedge fund managers, bank CEOs, and their kind in a version of workfare for the wealthy? After all, they have seized the vast majority of their wealth in this country not because of their "works" or their merit so much as their "wealth."

Catholic Nuns, The Vatican And Straight But Crooked Lines

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.

The Imploding Banking Sector

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

If you are on the House Financial Services Committee or the Senate Banking committee or one of the regulators for the numerous corporations that operate in the financial services sector, you have had very little down time this summer.

Translating Doctrine Into Practice: The Action-Based Spirituality of the Catholic Worker

Kok Hou Chia | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Kok Hou Chia

The Catholic Worker promoted social activism amongst Catholics through an action-oriented spirituality rooted in an ethic of poverty and the individual practice of the works of mercy.

Remembering Dorothy Day

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

Dorothy was truly a saint of "common ground" -- someone who held in tension a great love for the church along with deep sufferings over its sins and failings.

An Advent Reflection on God and Animal Cruelty

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Friedrich

Jesus' message is one of love and compassion, yet there is nothing loving or compassionate about the modern industries that produce almost all of the chickens, pigs and other farmed animals that are turned into meat in this country