U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 6, June

Can Church Teaching Change?
Every doctrine or practice familiar to Catholics has a history of its own, and some official expressions of church teaching are quite recent, such as the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception (1854) and Assumption of Mary (1950). That doctrine is slow...
Can This Marriage Be Saved? A Little Counseling Might Help Get the Israel-U.S. Partnership Back on Track
EVERY RELATIONSHIP CAN HAVE ITS ROCKY PATCHES. Plenty of marriages that have lasted as long as 60 years or so will have to make a few visits to the therapist's couch to work things out. The United States and Israel should be checking their appointment...
Do Your Parish Justice: The Most Vibrant Parishes Focus as Much on Ministry to the Poor as They Do on Ministry in the Liturgy, Says the Founder of JustFaith Ministries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jack Jezreel Founder and Executive Director JustFaith Ministries Louisville, Kentucky National speaker on faith and justice Read Jezreel's essay on how JustFaith began at uscatholic, org/justfaith In 1988...
Facing Change: The U.S. Catholic Church Today Is Undergoing Profound Cultural, Social, and Leadership Transitions. It's at the Parish Level That Conflicts Arise and New Pastoral Approaches Are Created
Three Catholics--one white, one Hispanic, and one Vietnamese walk into a church on Sunday. (If you thought that I was going to say that they walked into a bar, I know a few of those stories as well.) These Catholics and their families are members of...
Fill in the Blanks: Getting the Complete Picture of the Bible's Many Characters Takes Some Imagination
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOME OF MY FAVORITE BIBLE STORIES DON'T ACTUALLY appear in scripture. One of the first books to whet my appetite for Bible study as a teenager, for example, was The Spear (Ignatius Press) by Louis de Wohl, a novel about a...
From Russia with Love: An Icon of Catholic Social Justice, Catherine De Hueck Doherty Found That Living among the Poor Helped Her Find Stillness and Peace
FOR ME, THE DISTINCT PULL TOWARD RUSSIAN spirituality was not something that developed over time. Rather it descended all at once like a warm cloak on a cold night. I was standing in a city art gallery. The show was of Russian iconography, those...
Go Tell It on the Mountain: A Hike Up Ireland's Croagh Patrick Becomes a Pilgrimage to the Past
A PILGRIMAGE: THAT'S HOW I ENDED UP SITTING ON THE side of Ireland's holy mountain, waiting for my husband and two kids to emerge from the clouds shrouding the ferociously windy summit, with darkness setting in. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Catholics...
Here Lies Love
HERE LIES LOVE David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (Nonesuch Records, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I lost interest in David Byrne about 20 years ago. After the Talking Heads, he became a hipster imperialist, pasting his neuroses over the borrowed...
His Father
Well, here's a story I never told before, but it's been haunting me, so I think I have to tell it, because I'm pretty sure no one else will, and if a story doesn't get told, isn't that a door that never gets a chance to open, and isn't that a shame...
In God We Trust: There Is a Wealth of Opportunity for Catholics Looking to Put Their Money Where Their Faith Is
Ray Boshara fondly remembers his grandmother washing and re-using plastic sandwich baggies. Her frugality has inspired him to champion a new era of thrift and stewardship for America. His timing couldn't be better. The troubled economy has led many...
Second Helping: With a New Lease on Life and a Blue Truck, Betty Chinn Delivers Hope to Those in Need
The day after Christmas Betty Chinn was up before dawn. After washing up and saying the rosary she headed downstairs, got her 200-cup coffee-maker going, and checked her voice mail. An oncologist needed to set up daily food delivery for two patients....
Somos El Cuerpo De Cristo: U.S. Catholic Has Helped Latinos Claim Their Rightful Place in the Church
THERE'S BEEN A "THREE-STAGE HISPANIC AWAKENING," Father Virgilio Elizondo told U.S. CATHOLIC magazine in an October 1981 interview. In the first stage, this country's leading Latino theologian explained, Hispanics were just not accepted. They "were...
The Green Zone
THE GREEN ZONE Directed by Paul Greengrass (Universal Pictures, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Greek dramatist Aeschylus wrote, "In war, truth is the first casualty." But in America's war in Iraq the truth had been slain before the first...
Too True to School: The Sex Abuse Crisis Should Teach Us That It Takes More Than a Seminary to Raise a Priest
IN THE SPRING OF MY FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE, I WROTE my bishop and told him I wanted to be a priest in our East Tennessee diocese. Four months later I was in the seminary--at a Benedictine monastery on the far side of Missouri, a good 13-hour drive from...
Truth Shall Set Us Free: While Children Have Been the Primary Victims in the Church Sex-Abuse Crisis, the Former Chair of the National Review Board Says the Truth Has Been a Casualty as Well
Forty-two years ago the Swiss theologian Hans Kung published his remarkable reflection on the future of the church called Truthfulness (Sheed & Ward). Kung lamented that the exciting participation of the laity in the church that was once so promising...
We Are the World
As young married couple after World War II, my mom and dad settled not far from the house I live in now and began attending the nearest parish, which happened to be mostly German. Being Irish, they caught heat from neighbors who insisted they should...
What Makes a Parish Great? on the Whole, U.S. Catholic Readers Sing Praises for Their Parishes
COMPARED TO MOST AMERICANS, U.S. CATHOLIC readers are church regulars. While many nationwide surveys point to a decline in church attendance, the majority of online readers and print subscribers who responded to a survey on parish life say that they...
You Stray, You Pay: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery-But If You Do, You'll Have to Fill out Some Paperwork
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT DO YOU GET FOR THE GUY WHO HAS everything? What does a fellow with more money, power, and fame than anyone needs really want? If you have been reading the papers or watching cable TV during the last year, you might think...