U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 9, September

... and What We've Failed to Do: The Abuse Crisis Will Never Be over without a Full Confession and a Freely Given Absolution
THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN LOS ANGELES EXPERIENCED collective jaw-drop in July when the archdiocese announced the largest sex-abuse settlement in U.S. history. Paying out $660 million to settle 508 claims, the archdiocese avoided costly litigation, which...
Are You Well Versed in the Bible? Respondents to a U.S. Catholic Survey on the Bible Are Confident When It Comes to Scripture, but Even They Recommend Reading the Good Book with Knowledgeable Guides to Show You around Biblical Times and Places
THE LATEST FAD IN THE SELF-HELP AISLE AT YOUR LOCAL bookstore claims to reveal the centuries-old "secret" that positive thinking leads to the good life: "As you learn The Secret, you will come to know how you can have, be, or do anything you want.......
Code Blue: The Patient Is Ailing, the Prognosis Is Poor. It's the Nation's Major Medical Emergency
THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC RUNNING THROUGH THE nation's body politic that kills an estimated 18,000 Americans each year. It's called lack of health insurance. Those who have this illness already know its devastating effects. Those who don't have it, who...
Down Time Management: When You're Juggling Family Matters, Make Sure to Schedule Some Time Just to Be a Family
I STOOD IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT WITH A HANDFUL of other morns to make a date for coffee. Out came rumpled calendars. Then teasing. I was the first victim, with my color-coded scrawling green for kid commitments, blue for my job, red for personal...
How Can I Keep from Singing? Talented or Tone-Deaf, We Can Learn a Lot about Our Faith through Song
I AM A SINGER. ARE YOU? I'll bet that if each reader texted a vote to a polling company as they do on American Idol, there would be very few who would identify as "singers." In the vocabulary of U.S. culture, a singer is an entertainer, someone...
Humility: What's in It for Me? the Lowliest of Virtues Has Bottomed out in Our Winner-Take-All Popular Culture. Is There Any Hope That the Humble Might Rise to the Top?
Humility is not what it used to be--if it ever was. A Jewish story hints at how elusive the ideal is. During the high holy days, a rabbi prostrated himself saying: "God, before you I am nothing." Then the local tycoon prostrated himself saying:...
Idol Curiosity: The Problem with the Golden Calf Isn't So Much the Calf. It's Just That We Might Forget That God Can Be a Mother Hen, Too
ENTER THE CATHOLIC ZONE, AND WHAT DO YOU SEE? Images of every kind, from statues and stained glass windows to hanging crucifixes and Stations of the Cross. My unofficial poll indicates the average Catholic home has between five and 10 religious images,...
In Focus
Back when I was a young journalist and a bit hungrier--literally and figuratively--I occasionally participated in marketing focus groups. Although the crisp $20 bills in the envelope at the end were my main motivation, I also enjoyed giving my opinions,...
No Small Achievement: While Exploring What Makes a Dwarf a Dwarf, Filmmaker Steven Delano Learned How Family and Faith Made Him Who He Is
In his documentary No Bigger Than a Minute, Catholic filmmaker Steven Delano asked his mother a tough question: "If you had known earlier than the night I was born there was a problem, and that my life might have been more difficult because of that,...
Step One: Open the Book
My older sister gave me my first Bible when I went away to college. It sat on a shelf in the dorm for months unopened. Frankly I might never have used it if not for the example of my Protestant roommate, who read her Bible every night. I admired her...
The Bible Story I Have Always Had the Hardest Time with Is-Because
Whenever Paul is telling women to be nice little second-class citizens. Kim Eidson Escondido, Calif. Creation of man and earth. From a scientific perspective it seems implausible. Name withheld Silver Spring, Md. The Book of Revelation....
The Greatest Story Ever $Old: The Bible Comes in Every Size, Color, and Translation. but before You Get to the Check-Out Line, Check out Our Guide on How to Find the One That's Right for You
If you haven't perused the Bible section of your local bookstore recently, it might be time to visit. But prepare yourself. While the traditional black leather tome with "Holy Bible" stamped in gold on the cover is still available, these days you'll...
The Peter Principle: What the Impetuous Apostle Can Teach Today's Catholics: An Interview Scripture Scholar Pheme Perkins
Most Catholics think of him as the first pope or the apostle who denied Jesus three times, but scripture scholar Pheme Perkins sees Peter as much more of a regular guy. He speaks his mind to Jesus, often getting it wrong or missing the point entirely,...
Tying Up Odds and Ends
Odds and Ends just celebrated its 11th birthday. That's 132 columns or about 80,000 words--the size of some novels. I've always been fascinated by the treasures, idiosyncrasies, and great characters of Catholicism. From gold vestments of popes and...
Why Do Catholics Wear Their Faith around Their Necks?
People wear jewelry for many reasons: to display wealth or taste, to celebrate individuality or membership in a group, to show and kindle love, to keep memories alive. Think of the fabled locket that lovers wear, each bearing a picture of or lock of...