U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 6, June

A Slaughter of Innocence; Making It through the Dark Night of the Priest Pedophilia Crisis and Arriving at Truth and Reconciliation Requires an Unflinching Examination of Our Consciences
When King Herod the Great learned from the Magi that they were seeking a newborn child who would become king over all, he ordered a slaughter of the innocents. Herod, then 75 years old, was not new to murderous revenges--and he would eventually kill...
Broken Trust, Broken Lives; Survivors of Priest Sexual Abuse Speak Out
For many, it is one of those assuring, evocative aromas, the kind that launches a cascade of warm and welcome childhood memories and recollections of sacred and peaceful moments. But for Christopher Dixon, it's the smell of burned candle, the blackened...
Eat, Drink, and Be Holy: It's Not What You Eat That Counts but with Whom You Eat It, Says Jesus, Who Had Some Pretty Remarkable Eating Habits Himself. (Testaments)
THE THING THAT GETS YOU RIGHT AWAY ABOUT Jesus and food is that he's always eating, or talking about eating, or feeding people, or being fed. Jesus takes mealtime seriously. I like that in a person. Start with the big story, the miraculous one about...
Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q: What were you taught about the Real Presence as a child? That the Body, Blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ is really, truly, positively, absolutely present at the consecration. Sister Mary David Hecker Plaucheville, La. What they thought...
Food for Thought. (Letters: You May Be Right)
Thank you for the excellent article "A tough row to hoe: How agribusiness is taking the family out of farming," (March). Author Bob Zyskowski very clearly and concisely identifies some of the dangers to the traditional family-operated farm that result...
How to Build a Healthier Church: An Interview with Father Donald B. Cozzens
It's a zoo," sighs Father Donald B. Cozzens, who had been hoping for a quiet sabbatical to finish writing his next book. Instead, the bestselling author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood (Liturgical Press) has been patiently fielding an endless...
Imperial Roam: The United States Squares off against the Powerful Temptations of Empire. (Margin Notes)
EMPIRE BUILDING HAS SUDDENLY BECOME FASHionable again. As the United States confronts its geopolitical role in a post-9/11 world, academics in international relations have begun to speak aloud a proposition that once would have repulsed most republic-minded...
I Once Was Lost but Now I'm Found; the Lost Boys of Sudan Wandered Africa for Years. but Nhial Guot, Who Has Found a Temporary Refuge in the United States, Is No Longer a Boy nor Lost-He Knows Just Where His Heart Lies and Where He Wants to Go
The trip from a refugee camp in Kenya to Tacoma, Washington is unimaginably far--much farther than the 36 hours it ok Nhial Guot to fly from Africa to the Pacific Northwest. I met Guot on a fall afternoon while a steady rain was plastering leaves...
Let's Talk-But All of Us! What's Needed to Rebuild Our Church Is a National Synod of Laypeople and Clergy. (the Examined Life)
A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I ATTENDED A MEETING WITH editors from different Protestant denominations. When talk turned to the scandal of priest sexual abuse in Boston and the appalling actions of Cardinal Law and other church officials, I was struck by...
O Little Town of Bethlehem. (News: Signs of the Times)
A town that many American tourists have visited and nearly all Christians have sung about turned into a battlefield during the latest round of violence in the Middle East. Israeli tanks rolled into Manger Square and gunfire erupted over the basilica...
Scarlet Fever Update. (Odds & Ends)
"Congratulations. You will never eat another bad meal nor hear the truth again for the rest of your life." So said someone to a priest who had just been named a bishop. That was a long time ago, when many bishops were chauffeured about in limousines...
Shame and Disgrace. (Letters: You May Be Right)
In April's The Examined Life ("Sins--and crimes--of our Fathers") I think Thomas Groome was much too soft on our bishops. The present crisis in the Catholic Church with priests and bishops being found guilty of pedophilia has one basic problem: those...
Signs of Life: Six Ways to Seek the Sacred
One of the best things about Christianity is that it loves seekers. Jesus himself remains one of the most passionate seekers of all time. By its very nature, seeking is fluid, ever-changing--an art that cannot be mastered. At least not in this lifetime....
Taking Peace Personally. (Colleen Kelly: In Person)
PACIFISTS ARE NOT POPULAR PEOPLE THESE DAYS. Critics are quick to counter, "How would they feel if they had lost someone on September 11?" Colleen Kelly knows exactly how it feels because her only brother died in the World Trade Center. But she believes...
There's More to the Real Presence Than the Eucharist; amid Surveys That Say Fewer Catholics Believe Christ Is Truly Present in the Eucharist, Father Mark Francis Raises Another Issue: Does an Exclusive Focus on the Real Presence in the Bread and Wine Mean We're Missing God's Presence in Other Places? (Sounding Board)
AT THEIR MEETING LAST June, the U.S. bishops issued a document titled The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers. It is no secret that this statement was issued because of a concern among some bishops...
We Have the Right to an Attorney: Both the U.S. Government's Resort to Military Tribunals and the Church's Reluctance to Turn Pedophile Priests over to the Legal System Stem from the Same Misguided Belief That Their Noble Goals Should Exempt Them from Due Process of the Law. (Culture in Context)
EVERY WEEK ON NEARLY EVERY PRIME-TIME COP show there comes a moment during the interrogation scene when the suspect or perp turns to our heroic police officers and utters that most unwelcome of phrases: "I want to see a lawyer." Grimaces spread...
Welcome the Wild Man. (Letters: You May Be Right)
THANK YOU FOR TOM MCGRATH'S COVER ARTICLE ("IS men's spirituality out of the woods?" April). It's a difficult time to be a man in the Catholic Church. I often find myself feeling apologetic for being male. I belong to a parish that stays on the front...
We Need to Put the Victims First. (Editor's Note)
As the clergy sexual abuse crisis has rolled through the Catholic church in the U.S. these past few months, many Catholics have felt overwhelmed, deeply dismayed, and perhaps not quite sure how to navigate through this painful time in the church. ...
Why Are Church Doors So Ornate? (Glad You Asked: Q&a on Church Teaching)
"Fifteen thousand dollars," the guy on the phone said. So I hung up on him. OK, I backed the parish pickup truck into the edge of the open church door. In my mind I still had about 18 inches to go. But that was precisely the width of the tailgate,...