U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 3, March

All Things Must Pass. (Odds & Ends)
George Harrison, who died last December, was lucky he wasn't a Catholic in Rhode Island. In the Providence diocese, by order of its bishop, secular music cannot be played at Catholic funerals. So the corpus of this Beatle's songs, many of them highly...
Arms for the Poor: How the U.S. Is Sowing Seeds of War
Considering the inescapably morbid nature of the trade he represents, Joel Johnson, a lobbyist for an arms export manufacturers' association, is a remarkably jovial guy, sharp of mind, speedy of tongue, and pretty darn busy these days. "I can't talk...
A Tough Row to Hoe: How Agribusiness Is Taking the Family out of Farming. (Cover Story)
Visit with Dan and Annie Wasson on a late-August evening when the work is done on the 1,100 acres they farm. Sit on the porch with their family and look out over the lush green fields and rolling country lanes as the light fades and the summer air...
Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q. If we as a culture and a church "worship activity instead of adoration," it's because ... Of an American bias for admiring doers, not thinkers. Those in silent meditation are assumed to be "doing nothing." Thomas Valdez San Jose, Calif. We've...
Getting Engaged: Those with Only One Foot in the Door of the Church Need an Invitation Not an Ultimatum. (the Examined Life)
MY HUSBAND GOT THE CALL FROM HIS SISTER Aileen, who was phoning on behalf of a family friend--a young woman trying to plan her wedding. She had called a certain Chicago parish hoping to book a wedding date six months down the line. The secretary gave...
Hope Grows: The Earth Suffers Significant Damage Yet Still Manages to Renew Itself Each Spring. We Should Look to It to Teach Us about Something Vital to Our Existence-Hope
Faith in the future is not dead in our hearts. Better still, it is this hope, deepened and purified, which seems bound to save us. --Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. In the Northern Hemisphere of our planet the season of springtime hurrahs with...
Lent in the Fast Lane: A Serious Lenten Fast Can Feed Our Spirits and May Prove to Be Most Satisfying. (Practicing Catholic)
IT IS HOLY SATURDAY MORNING, AND MY WIFE AND I are walking down to the coffee shop we usually visit on weekends. There we will each pour ourselves a large cup of dark roast and possibly a refill or two. As on nearly every other day this Lent, this...
Let Us Thank Them for Our Food. (Editors' Note)
While home for the holidays, I spent a few hours going through my parents' basket of Christmas cards to catch up on what's new with their friends and with relatives who don't want to waste a stamp on me. Every year there's a letter from one particular...
Lift Your Fork to Help a Farmer: An Interview with Brother David Andrews, C.S.C. (Interview)
Holy Cross Brother David Andrews has rural life in his blood. Growing up surrounded by farms near Fall River, Massachusetts, his paper route was 40 houses--and 10 miles--long. As a Holy Cross novice, he and the other novices ran a farm that supplied...
Saints for Our Day? (Signs of the Times)
News that the Vatican had cleared the way for the canonizations of Juan Diego, witness to the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe; stigmatist Padre Pio; and Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, met with mixed reactions. "The three figures all...
Stop Disturbing the Peace. (Sounding Board)
TWENTY YEARS AGO, I PARKED MY AGING SCOUT above Wyoming's Red Canyon and surveyed that rust bluff circuited by unpaved roads. Nothing moved below. No livestock, no farm machines, no people. Birds were absent in that cloudless sky. Behind me, State...
Supersize Me: Overeating May Be Just as Big a Problem Globally as Lack of Food, but Our Concern and Compassion for Those Who Are Fat Is Usually Less Than Generous. (Culture in Context)
FAT IS FUNNY AGAIN, AT LEAST IN HOLLYWOOD. Last year tinseltown served up a trio of romantic comedies about the trials and tribulations of fat girls and the superficiality of the cads who can't see their inner beauty. In Shallow Hal, America's Sweethearts,...
The Judas in Us: Though We May See Ourselves in Scripture's Moral Cowards, We Have a Second Chance. (Testaments)
The Passion of Jesus: Matthew 26-27; John 18-19. THE MAN IN THE DIRTY CLOTHES HAD BEEN trailing me for half a block. It was after dark, and even though I knew these streets pretty well, I was uncomfortable being followed so closely. Nine times out...
When Chickens Come Home to Roast: Are America's Poultry Kings Too Chicken to Listen to Catholic Bishops? (Margin Notes)
A LOT OF NUTRITIONISTS CALL CHICKEN THE HEALTHY alternative to red meat--at least for consumers. But at the other end of the poultry industry on the hurried-up production lines of America's mammoth food processors, the benefits of poultry consumption...
Why Do Priests Wear Vestments at Mass? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
I remember as a kid watching my dad make a classic Windsor knot in his tie. "Out of the hole," he would whisper as he tied, "around the tree, into the hole.... "The ditty traced the scrambling of a fictitious rabbit and was a kind of parable my dad...