For decades, it was considered impossible to study criminal sentencing disparities because every case is different, with distinctive context, background, history and circumstances. But that is changing, and the results are beyond troubling
Horizons - When does one become "American"? Some believed as soon as an immigrant got citizenship, she could now be named as "Americana." Others said it had to do with English proficiency. Still others said someone born outside the United States could never feel or be fully American.
Headlines in India show a rise in sexual violence against women. When perpetrators of rape and murder use a victim's creed, caste or political party to justify their bloodshed, our common humanity is at stake.
Horizons - In recent months, I've been doing a lot of reflecting on and praying with the call to be experts in communion — to be people who seek encounter and encourage dialogue. As I've reflected on this call, what keeps coming to me is the necessity of metanoia.
McAllen, Texas - More than 2,300 immigrant children have been separated from their parents after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy for border crossers. Though family separation practices have been cancelled through executive order, suffering has not.
The term queer has come to mean unconventional folks who demonstrate how maleness and femaleness are social constructions rather than divinely assigned categories. Believing that one cannot minister with humans we believe to be "other" than ourselves, I began reflecting on how sisters have also challenged the binary.
Given the accomplishments of women religious in educating women, founding schools and creating a health care system, what if, now that we ourselves are largely older, sisters across the country started taking a serious look at aging, if we read and discussed and debunked the stereotypes of old age? We could help create a more age-equitable culture.
Every day there are situations in the news related to violence, racial discrimination, social upheavals, or questions involving immoral and unethical conditions. Keep your head in the game! Is this the way God meant for us to live? I am sure it is not! But that is the way minorities have had to live in the United States in order to survive.
Chicago - Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell: "If you push back against something, you reinforce the very thing you're pushing against. You get stuck because you're both pushing."
Simply Spirit: Vatican statements on women priests are invariably ahistorical and biblically naive. It is embarrassing. Worse, they bear false witness to the Jesus of history and are ultimately destructive to the body of Christ, especially the distaff side.
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