U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 9, September

Care Tactics
In Matthew 25:34-40 Jesus tells us how to put our love for our neighbor in action. The second in a series on the Corporal Works of Mercy, U.S. CATHOLIC takes a look at how modern Christians visit the sick. "Achoo!" "God bless,you." One...
Give Us News That's Fit
Can anyone remember when news was news? It hasn't been that long ago, but somehow it Seems eons since our media told it as it is, reporting only the significant happenings of the day. Instead that kind of reporting is, at best, buried in quantities...
Here's Looking at You, Lord
If you don't want to fall in love with the Catholic Church, you had better beware of icons. I know. Images depicting Jesus played a big role in bringing me into full communion with Catholicism. I remember with shame the patronizing view I once held...
How the Church Measures Up to Its Teaching
Does the Catholic Church practice what it preaches about a just wage? The response of church employees, ranging from lay ministers to chaplains to hospital workers and school teachers, is a resounding no. Catholic school teachers provide a...
Paying a Just Wage Is No Mickey Mouse Job: How Are Catholic Executives Making Fair Business Practices Pay?
Jon Talty remembers the day one of his employees asked him for a $700-a-year pay increase. Talty, president of a suburban Chicago architecture firm, had just relocated the firm's offices. The employee, an architect, complained he had to drive 20 extra...
The Gospel According to Fords and Chevys
Last May, when I wrote about religious messages embossed on vanity license plates, I asked readers to send along any religious messages they spot on plates. I have been amazed at the number of responses and amused by many of them. I don't know...
The Politics of Forgiveness
Asking one person for forgiveness is difficult enough, so how can a nation begin the process of making right the years of injustice it's done to its own people? It has often struck me as particularly ironic that Catholic morality, which was largely...
The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics: Pass It On
As I travel about the Country talking to Catholics, I find myself continually drawn to a certain kind of Catholic, those who have, as Flannery O'Connor put it so well, "a habit of being." Men and women, old and young, from all walks of life, there...
To Have and Have Not
A good friend of mine recently spent six years in Kenya as a Maryknoll Associate. It was something he had always wanted to do since he was a child. After his arrival he moved himself from a large farming town into a very remote river village, giving...
You Can Never Be Too Late for Mass: As Often as Not, the Late Arrival Can Be Traced to the Parish Community Itself
Catholics concerned about their fellow faithful who are late for Mass on Sunday ought to get a life. With Sunday attendance wavering at around 25 percent, those who would be inclined to holler at tardy believers ought to be glad that the latecomers...