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Vocation Crisis

Vocation Culture by Bill Droel There’s a vocation crisis among physicians. First, a crisis of numbers. Not enough young adults, particularly those from the United States, are applying to medical school and not enough of those who do apply want a general practice. Second, a crisis of meaning. Many doctors, to greater or lesser degree […]

Tips in Restaurants

Tips in Restaurants Bill Droel The Wall St. Journal (3/1/15) reports that restaurant spending increased by 11.3% over the past year and that “food-service employment has surged.” The income of restaurant workers has not equaled the uptick in meals served; though employers are starting to pay more—3.1% more over the past year says the Department […]

Sentiment Part II

Sentiment Part II Bill Droel The distinction between private life and public life is eroding to the detriment of both. Private life is spilling over into the public realm on so-called reality TV shows, all over social media and in displays of personal information in inappropriate places. From the other end, public life at work, […]


Manufacturing Bill Droel It is hard to get a handle on globalization because it includes nearly instant communication, instant transfers of money, plus trade policies, including tariffs and NAFTA. It is also the IMF, currency rates, immigration policies, large-scale assembly and distribution of goods, speculative trading of complex financial instruments, outsourcing and an international drug […]

Working Catholic – Stories Are True

Stories Are True Bill Droel Mike Houlihan is a raconteur of Chicago neighborhoods and a columnist for Irish American News. One column wisely begins: “A good story never really ends. Maybe you’ve heard a few from me before, but like the story of our lives, it continues to unravel in directions we never imagined.” Another […]

Working Catholic – Community Colleges

Community Colleges Bill Droel President Barack Obama is a champion of community colleges—not only in his recent State of the Union address, but regularly since the first days of his administration. Tom Geoghegan, a labor lawyer here in Chicago, is not convinced. College, especially community college, “is not a sure route to the middle class,” he […]

Too Much Sentiment, Part I

The Working Catholic: Too Much Sentiment, Part I  By Bill Droel “A Christian worldview can exist in writing that is not necessarily Christian,” asserts Lisa Ohlen Harris in the February 2015 issue of a terrific evangelical publication, Books and Culture. Meanwhile, she continues, “our own [Christian] literature often lacks the bite and angst our worldview […]

Catholics outnumber other religions in Congress

Catholics outnumber other religions in Congress CNS photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, kisses Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as he holds the gavel after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. Boehner and Pelosi are among the 31 percent of House and Senate members […]

Time to Renew Your Membership!

Dear Friends on this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, In one month, we will be gathering for our annual Catholic Labor Network Gathering as part of the USCCB’s Catholic Social Ministry Gathering. I hope that you will be able to join us. If you have not registered yet, you can do so at: […]

Pope Francis: Concern for the Poor is Rooted in the Gospel, Not Communism

Pope Francis: Concern for the Poor is Rooted in the Gospel, Not Communism Discusses Ethics Within Social and Economic Systems in New Interview Vatican City, January 12, 2015 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves | 42 hits In an interview with Vatican journalists Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope Francis said that concern for the poor is […]