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Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an incredible international response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. U.S. citizens are generously giving; the U.S.
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Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year
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The Nazareth Declaration

On November 20, 2009, to considerable media fanfare, a group of 140 senior Christian leaders issued 'The Manhattan Declaration.' In brief, it calls fo
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Fired Up About Financial Reform

I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore
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Climate Justice Clips: The Real Conspiracy at Copenhagen

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This is analogous to the indulgences that the Catholic Church sold in the middle ages. The bishops collected lots of money and the sinners got redemption. Both parties liked that arrangement despite its absurdity. That is exactly what's happening...

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What Do Health-Care Reform, the 40-Hour Work Week, Unemployment Insurance, the Minimum Wage, etc., Have in Common?

Well, they were all brought to you be political progressives, they were all opposed by political conservatives, and they all are now viewed as fundamental presuppositions of a healthy society by vi
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'The Three Most Important Issues'?: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Wrong

As I said in my previous post, I can find things to applaud in the recent
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Boys are Warriors and Girls are Princesses? Spiritual Gifts are not Divided by Gender

Have you ever visited your local Christian bookstore as an exercise in gender studies?
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The Locavore's Dilemma: What We Eat is More Than Just a Personal Choice

I'm a cradle vegetarian. Didn't have even a bite of meat -- red or white, fish or fowl -- until I was maybe eleven years old, and then I lost my dietary virginity to a hot dog.
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Freedom from Fear in the Health-Care Debate

There comes a moment when we can say a word or speak a concept so often that it loses meaning and simply becomes sound. The concept becomes exhausted, thin, one-dimensional.
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Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days.
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The Health-Care Roller Coaster Rolls On

We continue the roller coaster ride that we hope will end with universal or near universal coverage for health care in the United States.
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A Prayer for the Earth

Tim Costello of World Vision Australia and I have been working behind the scenes to compose a prayer that could be used by individuals and groups leading up to the Copenhagen gathering on cli
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The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner.
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Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.
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Adam Smith Meets the Rich Young Ruler: Health Care and the Common Good

For more than sixty years American presidents have tried to reform our health-care system, to no avail.
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Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.
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Surprises in Zimbabwe

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets.
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A Faith Declaration for Health-Care Reform

Over the course of the health-care debate, voices of faith have been raised about the moral values at stake beneath the policy discussions.
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Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity

Earlier this year, I wrote an article in Sojourners about Common Se
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Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?

Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R.
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Our National Loss of Civility

"You lie!" yelled Representative Joe Wilson during President Obama's recent address before a joint session of Congress.
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A Choice for Catholic Bishops: Confrontation or Engagement?

Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the dangers posed by some U.S.
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Glenn Beck and My Granddaughter

Sojourners received this letter in response to our action alert last week calling for your letters and prayers to challenge Glenn Beck's view of the health-care debate:
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40 Days for Health Reform

If you watch enough cable news you would think the fight over health-care reform has been reduced to protestors screaming about socialism, "death panels," and the evils of government.
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Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the Bulletin of the At
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Four Lessons from the Religious Right

This Seattle Times article on the current state of the Religious Right union
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Holy Health Care!

Debates on our national system of providing health care are raging in political a
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What My Broken Collar Bone Taught Me About Our Broken Health-Care System

I was in a car wreck in 2002. After a drunk driver hit the car in which I was a passenger, I found myself with fractured ribs and a broken right clavicle.
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The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s
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Pope Benedict Gets It Right

Jim Wallis has provided a helpful summary of the Pope's encyclical Caritas in
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Pope Benedict on the Global Economy

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy.
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Three Moral Issues of Health Care

Good health is the will of God for each and every one of his children.
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God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
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Obama's Catholic Moment

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan
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M2EP Video: Mo

The four days of Sojourners' Mobilization to End Poverty has come to an end.
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Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East

I've written a lot on Palestine and Gaza in recent years. Any of us who travel (or read) know that peace in the world can't be separated from peace in Israel -- peace for Jews, and peace for Muslim and Christian Palestinians.
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Tax Day Wish: Prophetic Voices on Taxes

Where are the prophetic voices on the topic of taxation this April 15?
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Obama's Public Promise to Reform Immigration this Year

Hundreds of faith leaders and immigrant advocates across the country visiting their members of Congress at home this week just got a huge boost from the Obama administration.
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