U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 10, October

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
"So," says the managing editor, "it's your turn for the editor's note this month. You can write either about changing pastors or talking to your kids about sex." Hey, says I, no sweat! How about we conduct a reader poll on which one of these two experiences...
Communion of Christians
These days it's not even on the Catholic radar screen, which is particularly ironic since this year was proclaimed the Year of the Eucharist by the late Pope John Paul II. Still, in most Catholic places on October 2, World Communion Sunday will go...
Feedback
Q: I think the renewed emphasis on eucharistic adoration and other devotions will lead to ... A stronger understanding and commitment to our baptismal call to be the light of Christ in our world today. William Bebert Bronx, N.Y. A decrease...
In the Baking of the Bread: Making the Bread That Becomes Christ's Body Gave Me a New Appreciation for the Eucharist
WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE I TOOK PART in a treasured ritual every Sunday night. Around 9 p.m. I closed my textbooks, shut off my computer, and shuffled down four flights of stairs to the cozy communal kitchen in the residence hall where I lived....
Intimate Conversations: How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex
Tami Hollendonner remembers the extent of her sex education as a Catholic teen in the 1970s. "My mom and dad never told me about the birds and the bees. There was no talk about birth control or why not to have sex," says the 42-year-old mother of...
It's a Small World after All: Katharine Byrne Got a Virtual Tour of the World from the Comfort of Her Very Own Hospital Bed
Awakened at midnight by the glare of a ceiling light, I squint at Marisol. That's the name on her tag. She's here to perform one of the minor chores that go with my stay in this place. Four years ago her little family came to this city from a village...
Let's Hear It from the Pews: A Modest Proposal That Would Allow Parishioners to Give More Input to Their Pastor
MOST OF US THINK OF OURSELVES AS HONEST, reasonable, and open-minded. We genuinely try to understand the viewpoints of others. We also like to think that our opinions count, that, if we choose to speak out, we will be heard with consideration in every...
Let's Not Be So Devoted to Devotions: It Warms Old-Timers' Hearts to Hear of People Flocking to Eucharistic Adoration, Novenas, and Other Traditional Devotions. but Is There a Downside to All This Popular Piety? One Young Catholic Argues We Should Put Our Focus Back Where It Belongs-On the Mass
CHICAGO'S first hot summer Sunday found me on my front porch, finishing up the morning paper, when I noticed a distinctively churchy melody floating down the street: "Alabare a mi Senor," roughly translated as "Praise the Lord." To my further surprise...
Mass in the Balance: An Interview with Bishop Donald Trautman
As a young priest, Bishop Donald Trautman attended the Second Vatican Council from beginning to end, passing out ballots and seeing to the needs of a group of bishops during all four sessions. "I sat in the front row of St. Peter's and heard every...
Not-So-Special Delivery: Sometimes the Toxic Waste Is Not Just in Babies' Diapers
THE SAMPLES REVIEWED BY RESEARCHERS AT THE Washington-based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based...
Service with a Smile: Complaining about Our Leaders Won't Lead to Any Actual Change. Instead, We Must Model Servant Leadership
PEOPLE LIKE TO COMPLAIN. Sometimes I think complaining has become the one true international pastime. We grouse about the government, the economy, and the world situation, of course. We also have nothing good to say about the weather: It's always...
The Next 11 Minutes: Musings and Mutterings on the Meaning and Mystery of Marriage
I am not so stupid as to make any public comment whatsoever about the character and nature and music of my marriage, which I understand less about by the year anyway, because my marriage, like every marriage that is or was or will be, is different...
There Are No Children Here: As Families and Children Are Increasingly Disappearing from Our Cities, Are We Aware of the Consequences?
WHEN EDWARD HOPPER SOUGHT TO CAPTURE the alienation and loneliness of modern life, the American realist painted empty cities--urban landscapes stripped of the teeming masses that crowd metropolitan boulevards, beaches, and ballparks. Georges Seurat,...
Under New Management: A New Pastor Offers Suggestions for Those Preparing the Parish Welcome Wagon
"You must be Father Darren. You're our new pastor!" Those were the first words uttered by a couple I had never seen in my life. They excitedly approached me with smiles, wide bug eyes, and extended hands. My shock was magnified by the fact that...
Under New Management: Parishioners Have Plenty of Advice for "The New Guy."
For a new pastor, it must be a daunting prospect to walk through the doors of the church that first day. Truly scarifying to walk up the steps to the pulpit to give The First Sermon. If the people of the parish didn't get along with the outgoing...
What Does the Church Say about Marian Apparitions?
The gospels warn us not to be misled by claims that Christ has appeared on Earth. Yet often when there are claims that his mother has done so, thousands respond. Catholics flock to Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, Medjugorje, and other sites around the...