U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 6, June

Be a Card-Carrying Catholic
What are you doing, honey?" asks my wife over the drone of the vacuum. "I'm cleaning." "No, you're not. You're reading." "Yeah, well ..." It's dangerous when I try to clean. I'll be quite productive until I run across something with words on it...
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Catholic Schools Make the Best Antipoverty Investments
Suppose you wanted to give a few dollars where they would do the most good to alleviate poverty and to encourage human development in the United States. Where would you put those dollars? One of the best places to put them is right back into our...
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Does Abstinence Make the Heart Grow Fonder? Two Writers Share What Happened When They Practiced Natural Family Planning
Disobeying church teaching is not something I do lightly. I respect the church's authority and admire her commitment to social justice, the seamless garment approach to life issues, and her countercultural stance. But I also know that Catholics are...
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Glory Bee
I had the rare pleasure recently of a private Mass; that is, a Mass at which there were only two people, not counting Christ, who arrived during the Eucharist. There was the priest, and there was me. Outside the room there were two sparrows also,...
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Have You Checked Your Oil Lately?
There are three things my mother told me to never forget when leaving home -- a sweater, emergency phone call money, and enough cash to get back home. Then she would end this list of must-haves with the most important thing I was to remember: "Don't...
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Is Your Parish a Good Friend of the Family?
When I Wrote a column several years ago about our church's silence on wife and child abuse, I was stunned at the number of letters I received from ordinary faithful Catholics living in abusive families. One short letter summed up the many: My...
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Rehabbing Churches, Restoring Lives
Across the length and breadth of New Mexico ancient adobe Catholic churches are being restored to their original beauty, often by people whose families have used them since the time this vast stretch of mountains and desert were part of Spain's empire...
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Take a Closer Look at Catholic Cathedrals
Cathedrals, like cars and clothes, dot the landscape in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and styles. As we Americans gear up for one of our favorite pastimes -- summer travel -- cathedrals will be popular destinations for the pilgrim's progress on the tourist...
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Things Aren't So Great at the OK Corral
When I was 10 years old and living in Germany my parents took me to a local carnival parade and provided me with my first experience of culture shock. Instead of the traditional lederhosen and dirndls seen in every tourist poster, the costumed Germans...
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We Need a Value-Added Education
Values. They're in, although it's hard to believe that they were ever out. Yet during the 1996 elections all candidates, of all parties, fell over one another to express their love for values. The spin doctors apparently felt that values would engross...
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Where Does Your Faith Fit in the Cosmos?
Ask physicist Brian Swimme about the universe, and he'll light up the sky with his enthusiasm. He has an infectious curiosity about the cosmos and all that is in it. With each new scientific discovery -- how the sun produces light, how fast the universe...
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