Church: The parish that works
Faith communities need balance sheets and bar graphs like any nonprofit, consultants say. Kristen Hannum charts the results of parish efforts to apply the best practices of business.
Culture: Women and children last
Bryan Cones ponders if we would so willingly cut programs for the poor if we knew them by name.
Life: Take no chances
Put down that bingo card, says Beth Haile in Sounding Board, arguing that games of chance are a bad way to balance the parish budget.
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Margin Notes: The $1 trillion "war of choice"
While most of the nation's attention is properly fixed on how best to commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of the attacks in New York, Washington, and in the air over Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 that claimed more than 2,700 lives, the nation passed another kind of milestone recently related to that event.
The Examined Life: Identity politics in the Catholic Church
I stumbled across an interesting blog at the Washington Post by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo about the war over "Catholic identity" and how it should be defined. I'm often intrigued by Stevens-Arroyo because he's not a part of the Catholic press echo-chamber (of which U.S. Catholic is a member, along with other Catholic publications and commentators from left to right).
Margin Notes: Does bringing home the troops mean peace?
A question came to mind reading reaction to President Obama's announcement that he'd bring 33,000 troops home from Afghanistan by next year: Are we pro-peace or are we pro-isolationism?
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