In the civil religion of America, the Jesus way and the American way have been conflated into the same mode of being human.
Civic engagement is an essential component to living out one’s faith. More than one’s hands, one’s voice is the single most powerful instrument for the changes needed in our society to move toward God’s vision of peace and justice in the world.
With Charlie Hebdo we’re talking about freedom of expression, but how much is that limited at this point because you’re afraid you might use the wrong word or say the wrong thing? It’s crippling.
The Church exists partly to fulfill Christ’s mission of removing the heavy burden of inequality and social, political and economic injustice so that people can live their lives in full.