U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 6, June

A Betrothal Proposal: Are Cohabiting Catholics Always "Living in Sin"? Two Respected Family Ministry Researchers Argue "No" and Suggest the Recovery of an Ancient Ritual for Those Moving toward Marriage
Consider two unmarried couples who are living together. The first couple, 25-year-old Tom and 23-year-old Sharon, have no plans to marry. He lived with two previous girlfriends, while she lived with her ex-husband before they married, which was just...
Boys and Girls in America
BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA The Hold Steady (Vagrant Records, 2006) One side of the rock tradition (call it the Church of Elvis) is Southern, Protestant, and tormented by the contradiction between Sunday morning and Saturday night. But another rock...
Civil Writer
I HAVE BEEN A CHRISTIAN FOR 35 YEARS, FIRST as a Baptist and now as a Roman Catholic convert. I grew up in the Baptist church and loved its preaching, gospel singing, and Bible study. My church, however, was plagued by that common and unspoken ecclesial...
Feedback
The most important thing I want to pass on to my child about the Catholic faith is ... It's true. Noreen Neitz Gettysburg, Pa. God is a God of love and forgiveness. Gerry Czerak Naperville, Ill. It is a universal faith--all are...
How to Feed Your Family
"Mom, if God isn't a man, why do we call him 'he'?" asked my daughter a few months back. Concerned to discover that many kids in her sixth-grade class thought God was male, she had corrected that misperception. Here is a girl who takes her theology...
I Brake for Family: If You Feel like You're Living a "Martha" Life, Take a Hint from Mary and Sit Down and Listen to Jesus, Your Kids Will Thank You
Several months ago I pulled into the parking lot of our local elementary school to pick up our middle child. "Hold on a second," I said to our youngest, Mike, who is 4. "I need to get something out of the trunk." His eyes widened. "Not the orange sign!"...
Iran Spam: A Shockingly Awful Public Relations Campaign Is Underway for Yet Another War
WE GET ALL KINDS OF MAIL HERE AT U.S. CATHOLIC: scripture interpretation pasted together from magazine headlines with biblical verses twisted in a manner King James could never have anticipated, bitter screeds from subscription-canceling conservatives,...
I Think We're Alone Now; How to Keep Your Marriage Nest Feathered When Your Children Have Finally Flown the Coop
There are many passages in the parent-child relationship: birth, weaning from the breast or bottle, preschool or kindergarten, high school, full-time work or college, the first serious relationship, the first apartment, college graduation, earning...
Kosher Conversations: Interreligious Friendship Can Do Much to Bridge the Divide between Faiths
ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY CATHOLIC GRADE SCHOOL was a small, beautiful synagogue of golden brick. It was always a mystery to me. My mother had a Jewish cookbook with recipes for noodle kugel and matzo balls, but I don't recall her ever using it. As...
Our Brothers' Keepers: Hollywood Has Dozens of Examples of Soldiers Who Would Die for Their Buddies. but in Real Life, We Should Be Keeping Them out of Harm's Way in the First Place
SOLDIERS, HOLLYWOOD TELLS US, DO NOT FIGHT AND die for a cause or country, but for their comrades in arms. In Hags of Our Fathers (DreamWorks SKG, 2006), the narrator of Clint Eastwood's World War II epic reports that his father and the men who fought...
Pass the Faith, Please: A Diet High in Faith Is Good for the Souls of Both Children and Parents, Finds a Special Online Survey of Readers of U.S. Catholic and Our Family Newsletter, at Home with Our Faith
On Palm Sunday 2007 Father Joseph Kraker poured water over the head of a baby boy in St. Vincent's Church in Akron, Ohio. "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," he said, grinning as the baby sent forth a...
Scary Campfire Stories
School life ends and camp life begins for innumerable kids across the country about this time every year. They pack clothes and gear; go off to often remote, idyllic settings; meet a whole new raft of people; and hopefully make some friends and learn...
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh: Sometimes It Takes Silence to Hear God's Voice Loud and Clear
My sister stayed silent for several days when we were young. She was perhaps 20 years old, a student of spirituality. I was 13, a student of surliness. She announced that she would be silent for a while and then commenced to be so. My parents were...
Sweet Jesus! A Chocolate Sculpture of the Crucified Christ Can Give Us the Chance to Learn the Difference between a Mere Aesthetically Upset Stomach and Real Moral Indigestion
EASTER THIS YEAR WAS ALMOST SPOILED BEFORE HOLY Week even began--by a life-size chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ, sans loincloth. Coming in at 6 feet, 200 pounds, and 485,460 calories of pure milk chocolate, My Sweet Lord by artist Cosimo Cavallaro...
Three Cheers for the Trinity! the Theological Arithmetic of 3=1 Lies at the Heart of What It Means to Be Christian
JUST BECAUSE A THING IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO US DOESN'T mean we cherish it as such. Consider the fundamental importance of gravity, without which everything on this planet would simply float off into cold, inhospitable space. The laws of gravity are...
Through the Eyes of a Child: Ten Reasons Why the Little One Squirming in the Pew in Front of You Is a Gift from God
Sure I should be paying attention to the homily, prayerfully participating in the Preparation of the Gifts and adding my voice to the singing of the Our Father. But there are times during Mass when I find myself watching kids--a drooling baby squirming...
Who Owns My Parish?
The question of parish ownership is often asked when parishes are merged or closed. Lately it has acquired an added poignancy due to sexual abuse damage awards and bankruptcy filings by dioceses. The answer to the question is complex, since it involves...