Culture: Preferential option for the Pentagon?
As the debt ceiling debate stumbles toward resolution, this May 2005 column by Kevin Clarke about the 2006 federal budget shows how little things have changed when it comes to our priorities.
Life: Fast friends
Sue Stanton explains how she learned to get the most out of an interreligious fast: Take it slow.
Church: Rerum roots
Though the Catholic contribution to the labor movement has gotten little press in the current union debate, Baltimore Cardinal James Gibbons' support for the Knights of Labor in the late 19th century helped lay the groundwork for Pope Leo XIII's groundbreaking encyclical Rerum Novarum, reports Kristen Hannum.
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The Examined Life: Conscientious objectors? Birth control, marriage, and Catholic agencies
Conscience clauses look to be the next legal battleground for the Catholic church in its quarrel with federal and state governments over such issues as same-gender marriage or legal unions, with mandatory coverage of birth control under the federal health care reform law joining the already contentious debate.
The Examined Life: Is Call to Action passe? Depends on who you ask.
The New York Times ran a story today on Chicago-based Call to Action, presumably the largest left-leaning church reform organization in the United State (maybe the world?). With 25,000 members, it is pretty big.
Margin Notes: Debt ceiling falls on the poor?
There are congratulations all around tonight in Washington as President Obama, Senate leaders Reid and McConnell, and House Speaker Boehner appear to have come to an agreement that could raise the national debt ceiling next week and avoid a perilous and unprecedented U.S. default.
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