Liberation theology is a movement that recalls the kind of ideological clashes that were considered obsolete when the Cold War ended. But the election of Pope Francis, a vocal advocate for the poor as a priest and bishop in Argentina, and now as pope, has renewed debates about this controversial strain of theology.
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The 2010 midterm congressional elections promised to reshape the political landscape, and they did just that, as Republicans swept to victory in the House while cutting deeply into the Democratic majority in the Senate. But the vote also recast the terrain on moral and social issues important to believers of all political persuasions.
A growing number of organizations are cultivating connections between religion and development and are using those links to empower women, who are key to economic and social advancement in less-developed societies. A United Nations summit this month will make closing the global gender gap a priority.
Health care reform may be approaching a make-or-break moment as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats push to pass a bill by the weekend while Republicans have vowed to oppose the legislation. The urgency has further galvanized religious bodies and lobbies that have dedicated themselves to seeing health care reform pass — or fail.
After months of work, President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships has sent him a list of proposals on revamping the White House’s faith-based program. The proposals will also set priorities for the office and will renew debate — and media coverage — of this controversial initiative.
The penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and runs until Easter. The season is traditionally viewed as a time of personal spiritual reflection for Christians. In recent years that lens has broadened to include a focus on helping others. Is that outward charity affected by the widespread economic pain of the [...]
Thanksgiving is a time when most Americans celebrate their bounty — and anti-poverty groups remind them how many others still go hungry. But this year the urgency is even greater, and the problems go well beyond a seasonal appeal. Indeed, the land of plenty has plenty of people experiencing hunger, as new reports show.
The federal minimum wage takes another jump this month, in what proponents say is a step toward economic justice for society’s most vulnerable workers. But with unemployment nearing 10 percent and teen joblessness twice as high, others argue that a delay would have been wiser — and more righteous than putting additional jobs at risk.