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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 6, June

A Not-So-Perpetual Novena for Peace. (Odds & Ends)
The war in Iraq had me thinking, of all things, of the Sorrowful Mother Novena. My own memories date to the 1950s when, as an altar boy, I served at this Friday night service. It was an easy job; all I needed to do was to bring the priest holy water...
A Perfect Joy: Are Our Ethics Keeping Pace with the Current Genetic Revolution? (the Examined Life)
FIFTY YEARS AGO, WHEN GENETICIST JAMES WATSON AND physicist Francis Crick uncovered the structure of DNA, they proudly declared, "We have found the secret of life." Thus began the race to map the genetic code that determines who we are, what we look...
Are Our Children Safe Yet? an Interview with Frank Keating. (Interview)
"The church needs a real thorough scrubbing," Frank Keating said last summer shortly after having been tapped to oversee the bishops' efforts to prevent and deal with derby sex abuse. The tough-talking former Oklahoma governor and prosecutor quickly...
Desperately Seeking Solution. (Editors' Note)
Scandal fatigue. A year and a half of headlines on the sex-abuse scandal in the church. A year and a half of nauseating, nightmarish tales, of disillusionment with so many leaders in whom we vested our trust. The Boston Globe has, rightfully, won its...
Good Things Come in Threes: Three May Be a Crowd, but for Christians the Fullness of God Is Not Revealed until We Invite All Three of God's Persons into Our Lives. (Testaments)
THE MAILBOX IS ALWAYS STUFFED with catalogs these days. Everybody in consumer America wants to sell us something: clothes, bedding, furniture, kitchenware, books, movies, cosmetics. The catalogs that really confound me are the ones full of what my...
Home Maker. (in Person: Angela Lariviere)
FOR THE FIRST, 10 YEARS OF ANGELA LARIVIERE'S life, her family prayed 2 Timothy 1:7 every day: "For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline." It is no small challenge to find power,...
Hope against All Odds: In the Dry Desert of Middle East Violence There Are Still Springs of Living Water. A Catholic Priest and Peacemaker from Galilee Shares What Gives Him Hope
Throughout human history, during cruel crises and overwhelming devastations there have appeared individuals who nurtured hope beyond the general feeling of despair. Saint Francis of Assisi during the Crusades and French Bishop Pierre Marie Theas during...
How the Church Can Guide Your Marriage: A Look at the Church's Growing Marriage Support Movement
Trouble in marriage is nothing new. Since divorce rates began rising in the 1960s, evidence of the high cost of all that wreckage--from increased poverty among children to increased depression among adults--has been mounting. The new trend is that...
How to Protect Our Children from Sexual Abuse: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Begins with Talking to Your Children about It. Dolores Curran Provides Some Strategies to Help
THIS FORMERLY CONFIDENT and competent mother disintegrated as she related the story of her young son's sexual abuse. "In my wildest dreams, I never suspected my brother ... our kids' favorite uncle ... always willing to baby-sit for us," she said,...
No Time for Battle Fatigue: The Invasion of Iraq May Be Finished, but the Fight for a Peaceful Future Has Only Just Begun. (Margin Notes)
TELEVISED IMAGES OF JOYFUL IRAQIS PULLING DOWN statues of Saddam Hussein offer the primary evidence of the success of America's recent adventure in the sands of Arabia, as the war's many supporters conveniently forget that the liberation of the Iraqi...
Snowflakes in California Ignite Debate. (News)
With a $500,000 grant from the federal government, the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program is fueling up a public awareness campaign that aims to increase the number of frozen embryos--leftover from in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts--that will be...
Spirituality Cafe
SAY WHEN "When it's over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. "When it's over, I don't want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don't...
What Are Annulments for? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
Why do I have to go through this?" The question sums up many other questions people have about annulments, the way the Catholic Church says a marriage is ended. "My fiance isn't even Catholic; why does he have to have his first marriage annulled?...
Whitewash or Renewal? in Year Two of the Sex-Abuse Scandal, Is It Time for the Laity to Brush Up on Their Leadership Skills?
About 200 laypeople from some 50 Chicago-area parishes pack a hall one March evening at the Dominican Priory in River Forest, Illinois to hear Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) cofounder and ex-president James Muller make a pitch for their consciences and...
Who Will Save the Day? in the Pantheon of Superheroes and Superpowers, Jesus Offers Us a Different Model. (Culture in Context)
SUPERMAN TURNS 65 THIS YEAR, BUT DON'T EXPECT him or the legion of comic book superheroes he inspired to retire anytime soon. When Cleveland teenagers Joe Siegel and Jerry Schuster convinced DC Comics to put the man of steel into print in 1938 they...
Why Catholics Shouldn't Bother to Sing: Feeling a Little Left out during the Communion Hymn? It Might Just Be That Your Parish Is Dominated by What Thomas Day Calls "Big Voice." Tongue in Cheek, He Pushes Current Trends to Their Logical Conclusion, Telling Catholics to Simply Shut Up Altogether. (Sounding Board)
IT'S ALMOST OFFICIAL NOW: CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED States will soon be released from the bother of congregational singing. Preparations for this have been going on for years, in the form of signals to the congregation that all carry the same unmistakable...