July 2012

Vol. 77, No. 7


Social justice: What’s tarnishing its good name?

By Kristen Hannum
Working for the common good is getting a bad reputation among some Catholics, creating a new divide over an age-old church teaching.

Web-only sidebars:

Why social justice? ‘Because we’re Catholic’

From Isaiah to Economic Justice for All: A brief history of social justice

Photo story

Headed home

Text by Elizabeth Lefebvre
Photos by Noah Addis
When you’re on the street, regaining stable housing can be an excruciatingly long and winding road. Here’s an up-close look at the human face of homelessness.


A taxing problem

An interview with Professor Stephen Schneck
The mixture of religion and politics can be a toxic brew in an election year, but Catholic social teaching deserves a place in the political arena, says this Catholic University of America political scientist.

Web-only sidebar:

Party time: Stephen Schneck talks about his political party affiliation

Sounding Board

Clothes don’t make the Mass

By Molly Jo Rose
There is more to your “Sunday best” than what you wear to church, argues this parent of a toddler. Sometimes just showing up is enough, even in your “mom jeans.” In Feedback, readers consider the Sunday dress code.


(Essays, short stories, and poems are not available online.)

My prison education

By Sarah Dolan
A teacher finds she has much to learn from her incarcerated students about the possibilities of life, even behind bars.

Practicing Catholic: The way to go

By Angelo Stagnaro
The pilgrim’s way to Compostela is as much an inner journey as it is a long walk. Still, be sure to take plenty of socks.

Short story

The old coach

By Augie Drendel
Does baseball imitate life, or is it the other way around?



By M. Annette Joseph


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, book, and film reviews

Glad You Asked: What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: My friend the abuser
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Poor spending choices
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Zombie economics
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: CSI: Jerusalem
By Alice Camille