U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 11, November

Death Becomes Us
Can your final hours be your finest hours? Only if you're able to look death in, the eye and see your true self. Patrick McCormick discusses three new books that have the audacity to suggest that death can bring out the best in you. In Scott McPherson's...
Death Takes a Holiday
THE DAY OF THE DEAD, November 2, is a time of cemetery and church visits, home altars to the dead, special foods--including candy in the shape of skulls and skeletons--grotesque costumes, and merry dances. This festive time contrasts sharply with the...
Fireproof Faith
It's one of those Bible stories that, from my childhood, has captivated me: three men, true believers, refuse to worship a golden idol and are thrown into a furnace by an evil king. But God saves them. The flames are so intense that the king's henchmen...
Gay and Lesbian Catholics Beg to Differ
Someday," Gina Marie says quietly, "I would like to be asked for forgiveness." Her words are simple, direct, and uncompromising. It is not a lover from whom Gina Marie seeks a gesture of reconciliation, at least not a lover in a temporal sense. Rather,...
Peek Behind the Veil during Three Days of the Living Dead
There is another triduum besides the official Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter. This one is populist, and it begins with Halloween, the last day of October, continues with All Saints' Day, the first day of November, and...
State-Sanctioned Gambling Is a Bad Bet
It takes a special kind of audacity for a priest to take moral swipes at legalized gambling. At least that's what some critics have said when I've aired my views publicly. For example: "Where do you get off taking away people's fun on moral grounds...
The Trouble with Saint Dorothy
"It's a century since Dorothy Day was born and 17 years since she died, but she continues to touch our lives, not only as a person we remember with gratitude, but also as a saint. . ." Can you think of a word that describes a person who devoted much...
Two Catholics Differ on Same-Sex Marriages; Let's Invite Gay and Lesbian Catholics to a Church Wedding
Let's invite gay and lesbian Catholics to a church wedding The time has come for the Catholic Church to invite gay and lesbian Catholics to the celebration of Matrimony. Such an invitation would have a positive impact on the lives of many gay...
Why the Preferential Option for the Poor Is Not Optional
An option for the poor does not mean that God loves poor people more than rich people. But it does mean that we may have to work harder to love others as Jesus has loved us. In February 1977, another conservative priest was named archbishop in...
Why We Never Married
As a Roman Catholic man, former gay activist, and veteran of over a decade in a same-sex relationship, I must admit to a certain degree of bewildered frustration when it comes to the question of so-called gay marriage. My feeling of disappointment...
Will Her Day Come?
It is a traditional "tumble-down shack," scheduled to be bulldozed to make way for a development of 40 luxury homes, and described by the developer as "classy." Hardly anything new about that. But the New York Times, among others, paid attention,...