Colman McCarthy directs the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit.

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There's a lot to learn from the good McCarthys

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Joseph McCarthy lend shadows to my surname, but there are other people who live up to the Gaelic lineage and meaning of the name, "son of the loving."

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The women of the 116th Congress will make a difference by being different

My hope for the 117 women who won in the midterm elections is that a few of them will take time to remember Jeannette Rankin, the pacifist and evangelist for women's rights from Missoula, Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 at age 36. 

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When Thomas Merton called me 'utterly stupid'

I had a glimpse of Thomas Merton's "open heart" when I was researching an article for NCR that would run on Dec. 13, 1967. Not long after my piece ran, Merton let his dislike be known.

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Act like a saint, become a vegetarian

More than 150 canonized women and men were vegetarians. Given that animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and a leading cause of deforestation, pollution and biodiversity loss, it's time to emulate them.

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