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Featured Article: Grave Conversations. Grave Consequences. - Three crosses. Three women mournfully watching as men struggle to remove three nails. They lay the limp body onto the lap of his mother. Cold arms. Cold chest. Cold legs. Stabat Mater. Hours before, on the Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem, I heard soldiers command a burly African from Cyrene (present-day Libya -- 1500 miles from Jerusalem) to help the Man of Sorrows carry his cross up Calvary Hill. Read Full Story

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The Best Kept Secret

A few years ago, a popular refrain asked, "what would Jesus do?" The over-simplified question failed to suggest that before knowing what Jesus would do, we first have to think as Jesus thought. How would Jesus think about the problems of his individual life and the issues of our day? How can black, Catholic, American citizens in the 21st century think as Jesus thought, so that we may do as he would have us do?

Public discourse in the United States is profoundly limited by the dominant liberal/conservative dichotomy. Liberal ideas might seem attractive. Liberalism is home to those who champion civil rights and equality, who fight racism, welcome diversity, defend the social safety net, and oppose regressive taxes. Yet conservative values seem more consistent with traditional morality and family life. Conservatism defends unborn persons and is friendlier to religion. Neither school of thought can encompass the ethical vision Jesus gave us.

Our Catholic faith offers us a coherent alternative. A rich body of work -- from Pope Leo XIII's encyclical defending worker's rights during the Industrial Revolution (Rerum Novarum, 1891) through the documents of Vatican II, to the prolific pen of John Paul II and the pastoral letters of our U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops--gives us a powerful ethical vision for living the Gospel in a complex, modern world.

Some have called this the "best kept secret in the Catholic Church." Formally, it's known as Catholic Social Teaching. It is challenging stuff. It calls us to see our faith not merely as an individual relationship with God, but as a call to action.

For African-Americans, all too familiar with the struggle for dignity and justice, Catholic Social Teaching resonates. By learning more about the "secret" treasure of the faith, African American Catholics would acquire a vocabulary and coherent worldview that facilitates analysis of social justice issues in American society and guides our steps, as individuals and as a community.

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