Life: Via dolorosa
Though her cross came with a drip bag and her nails were needles, Janine Denomme saw in the stations of Jesus' suffering and death her way of sorrow.
Church: What does the church say about the death penalty?
Conversation and questions about the death penalty are evergreen as Catholics in a society that permits state executions as punishment continue to ponder the church's say in this. James Dinn answers in this Glad You Asked from the archives.
Culture: Down and out of sight
Some people have been out of work for so long, they're no longer included in the job numbers reports. But Kevin Clarke writes that they're exactly the people we can't forget about.
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Margin Notes: On Trayvon: Is the issue of race distracting us from the real issue? Scared, angry people with guns
Wading through a disturbing morass of arguments about whether George Zimmerman is white or Hispanic, whether Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman before Zimmerman killed the unarmed 17-year-old, and, stupidest of all, how much anxiety should be produced by the sight of a hoodie, I'm a bit dumbstruck that few seem to want to argue about the obvious: The direct cause of this tragedy was a frightened (and unbalanced) man with access to a handgun.
The Examined Life: Pontifical academy cancels stem-cell conference: Is that a good thing?
The Catholic News Agency reported earlier this week that the Pontifical Academy for Life has cancelled its third annual conference on ethical stem cell research because, according to two anonymous sources who are academy members, the roster of speakers would "have confused the faithful for decades to come." Oh dear.
The Examined Life: Bad news, good news about the death penalty in the U.S.
People usually want the bad news first, right? Well, here it is: According to a recent Amnesty International report, the U.S. was the only Western democracy to execute prisoners last year.
Catholic Tastes: May the odds be ever in your favor: The Hunger Games and religion
Where post-apocalyptic narratives and dystopian narratives are fertile ground for the exploring or re-imagining of the roots, purpose, and role of religion, this weekend's box office record breaker, Hunger Games, makes nary a mention of God, gods, or practices of any mystical or spiritual nature.
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