Fr. James Rude left legacy of spiritual and social justice formation

Appreciation: The Jesuit priest, who died March 5 at age 86, led students at LA's Loyola High School to found the Christian Action Movement, a service program inspired by the Catholic social justice tradition.


Gaza trip reveals daily struggles that families, doctors endure

Perspective: During a June visit to tour hospitals and clinics in Gaza, I saw firsthand the severe hardships that medical providers and families face in order to treat the children of the region.

A pilgrim's reflection on the feast of the Assumption

Ephesus, Turkey -- Despite the danger of our own times, a steady stream of Muslim and Christian pilgrims travel to the revered place in search of Mary.

Throwing out the Boy Scouts, N.D. bishop hurts, not protects youth

In the same week that Pope Francis spoke publicly about offering a new welcome back to the Church for remarried Catholics and their children, a bishop in North Dakota was offering a message of a different kind.  Bishop David Kagan issued a public letter stating, "Effective immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of its parishes, schools and other institutions is formally disaffiliated with and from the Bo