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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 8, August

Are There Other "Catholic" Churches?
James Joyce said it best in Finnegans Wake that "Catholic means here comes everybody." Our word "catholic" comes from a Greek adjective meaning "universal" and "together for the good of all." Early Christians applied it to the church, and our earliest...
Bernie
BERNIE Directed by Richard Linklater (Millennium, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the end of Annie Hall Woody Allen tells a joke about a guy whose brother thinks he is a chicken, but the fellow doesn't want his sibling hospitalized because...
Dream Deferred: A Congressman Would Love to See Immigration Reform Become the Top Priority for the U.S. Catholic Church's Social Justice Agenda
Interviewing U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez, arguably the most vocal immigration reform advocate in the U.S. Congress, is a lively experience. As he pounds on the table, enacts and rehearses arguments, pulls out his credit cards to make a point,...
How I Met Your Father: Former Episcopal Priests Are Crossing over to the Catholic Church-And Bringing Their Wives and Kids along for the Ride
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Chuck Hough III was thrilled when his son decided to enter the family business. His concerns were like those of any other parent: He wanted his son to make the decision independently, without pressure from family members or...
How Terribly Strange to Be 70: Even in Their Autumn Years, Baby Boomers Discover That Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. --Dylan Thomas I did not think of this verse from Dylan Thomas' most famous poem the night...
Leave No Child Behind: Parents Shouldn't Be Subjected to a Moral Entrance Exam to Send Their Kids to Catholic Schools
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In May 2010 the Boston Globe reported that St. Paul Elementary School in Hingham, Massachusetts had withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy when the pastor and the school principal learned that the boy was the child...
Prayer with a View: If We Expect Our Prayer to Illuminate the World, We Should Allow the World to Shed Light on Our Prayer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A Jewish teacher offered this advice in the Talmud: "Never pray in a room without windows." What did he mean by this? Many of us worship in churches defined by walls of stained glass. We pray in a place literally full of...
Recommended Reading: The Qur'an Gives Us Insight into the Muslim World-As Well as the Christian Faith
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I had heard that a Christian pastor in Florida was planning to burn the Qur'an as an evil book, I shuddered. My friend Abdul recites the Qur'an and finds comfort and inspiration in it. I first met Abdul while he was in...
The 25-Year Itch: Divorce Has Doubled for Couples over 50. Empty Nesters Share Tales from the Brink
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Even before Dick and Irene Reimbold's younger daughter left for college, they were living what they call "the married single lifestyle" in Macomb, Michigan. They owned a tax preparation business together. They attended...
The Road to Hell Is Paved with Smart Alecks: At St. Mary's School, You Check Your Self-Esteem at the Door
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I think in grade school, I was a "gifted" student. But I'm not sure. Lucky for me, nobody ever told me so. No one in town, much less at St. Mary's School, would even consider telling me something like that, even were I...
The Woman in the Vast Blue Coat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One morning long ago when I was on the pre-dawn bus from Chicago's North Side to the city center, a passenger in the back died. She was in the second row from the back, on the east side, facing Lake Michigan. The bus driver...
The Young and the Fearless: Under the Noses of the Gestapo, Alexander Schmorell and His Friends Used a Simple Mimeograph Machine to Attack the Evil That Was Engulfing Germany
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the lessons I learned early in life, while part of the Catholic Worker community in New York, is that fear plays a huge role in most of our lives most of the time, shaping decisions large and small. One of the reasons...
Through Thick and Thin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Jason and Angela's teenage son was hospitalized because of depression and other mental health issues, the couple leaned hard on one Jesus story. "All during his hospitalization, the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)...
Tipping Point
My husband and I were having breakfast in a Chicago diner, where we could not help but overhear the middle-aged owner at the next table telling his buddies about the state of his marriage. The kids were grown and out of the house, and the guy's wife...
Waist Management
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Gluttony is the only one of the not-so-magnificent seven that is literally a deadly sin; Americans have been proving that through congested arteries and heart disease for decades. Lifestyle-driven diabetes makes a cross of...
Women on a Mission
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I met Sister Maura on my first night working in an overnight shelter on Chicago s Southwest Side. Already nearly 80, she worked two evenings a week organizing and distributing donated clothing to the men who bedded down in...