U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 1, January

Are You a Promise Keeper?
The plane, heavy with the Promise Keepers, flew toward the Baltimore airport for their event on the nation's mall a few months ago. My destination, however, was Baltimore itself for a conference. While airborne I started thinking about the Baltimore...
Cafeteria Catholics Don't Need to Get in Line
On vacation last summer, I quietly joined a small country parish for Sunday Eucharist. Relieved at not having to preside at two or three liturgies, I settled among the worshipers, looking forward to listening, singing, and praying. Trying not to look...
Don't Leave Religion out of the Classroom
America is unique among industrialized nations in that the rates of religious belief and practice do not seem to drop off dramatically as education increases. Those with high levels of formal education are only slightly less religious than those without...
Examine the Labels You Use
It may have been one of those watersheds we are always hearing about, although for U.S. Catholics this one might be characterized as a mini-watershed. There was a time, you see, when the term examination of conscience meant something different...
For Us and for Our Salvation
Last Good Friday I was struck anew by the poor theolology in the version of the Stations of the Cross my parish used. The underlying theology in the Stations assumed that Jesus' purpose on earth was to suffer and die in order to save us from punishment...
God Works Out
Been a while since you worked up a good spiritual sweat? Maybe that pick-up basketball game is the spiritual pick-me-up you've been looking for. In the movie "Chariots of Fire," based on a true story, Eric Liddel is a world-class distance runner training...
Jesus' Selfish Love
Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens! God chose us in him . . . to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be full of love; he likewise predestined us through...
Natural Lighting
For many years we had a family candle on the dining table, lighting it as we blessed our food. Today, as in ancient times, candles remind us of the victory of light over dark, of good over evil--of Christ's victory as the light of the world. The burning...
Something Sacred: Hollywood's New Men in Black
Screenwriters and viewers alike are intrigued with priests not because of what they do, but what they won't do, says culture columnist Patrick McCormick. And he's not just talking about celibacy. Driving home from work last Thursday night I spotted...
We Can Find Common Ground on Abortion
At one point in my life I was prochoice, but I came over to a prolife position years ago. I've been there ever since. Perhaps because of my background, I think there's a logic to the prochoice position that deserves respect, even as we engage it critically....
Why Sacrifice?
Sacrifice was certainly a central factor in the Catholic spirituality of my youth. We attended the "sacrifice of the Mass" daily. Sacrifice was not only strongly suggested as the appropriate response to the suffering of others, as in appeals for the...