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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 8, August

And Lead Us Not into Temper Tantrums: It Takes a Parish to Make a Family-With Rambunctious Toddlers-Feel Welcome
THE ANGELIC LITTLE TOT, SO CUTE IN HER SUNDAY best, is letting out some not-so-cute cries from the pew behind you. Do you: a) smile sweetly to yourself, realizing baby Jesus probably made a few peeps at temple, too? Or: b) silently curse the wailing...
Born-Again Catholics: Former Denizens of Evangelical Arenas Are Finding New Homes in the Age-Old Sanctuaries of Catholicism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It took Mark Shea four tries to become a Catholic. Raised without any religious instruction, Shea had embraced evangelical Christianity as a college student at the University of Washington in the late 1970s. "There was...
Crash Course: Brace Yourself: A Family, like a Universe, Needs an Occasional Collision to Keep Growing
OUR FAMILY WENT TO CHICAGO'S ADLER PLANetarium last year and saw the feature Cosmic Collisions. This was not a soothing, gaze-at-the-night-sky experience. Instead, Cosmic Collisions grabs visitors and hurls them through time and space to explore the...
Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice
DIVINE REBELS: AMERICAN CHRISTIAN ACTIVISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE By Deena Guzder (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In her collection of profiles, Divine Rebels, Deena Guzder seeks to dispel the assumption that religion causes...
Hard Bargain
HARD BARGAIN Emmylou Harris (Nonesuch Records, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Emmylou Harris' Hard Bargain is the joyous, bittersweet album that a 64-year-old country-rock legend should make. It looks backward to her beginnings ("The Road")...
In the (Middle) Kingdom of God: As They Navigate Sometimes Difficult Terrain, Chinese Catholics Can Inspire the Rest of Us with Their Faithfulness, Says a Claretian Who Teaches in China
The editors interview Father Francisco Carin, C.M.F. In 1978, when China emerged from the traumatic experience of the Cultural Revolution and began to open up again to the rest of the world, not even the Vatican knew what, if any, Catholic life...
Labor Pains: Catholics Have a Long History of Support for Unions, but the Recent Protests in Wisconsin Show How Strained the Relationship Has Become
Veteran Catholic lawmaker Timothy Cullen was the last Wisconsin Democratic state senator to leave Madison on a chilly winter morning this past February. The other 13 had already fled the capital and across the Illinois state line, immune from any attempt...
Leave No Trace: The Modern World Threatens the Existence of a Small Group of Our Own Species
MULTINATIONAL MINING INTERESTS, ILLEGAL logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture are among the many threats to the fragile ecosystems of South America's rain forests. Efforts to protect them often cite the important role of rain forests as a preserve...
Lesson Learned
I joined our interview with Claretian Father Francisco Carin late and exhausted. My coworkers didn't know it at the time, but I had returned that morning on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles, where I was visiting the University of Southern California....
Mother to the Masses: The Immigrant Saint, Mother Cabrini, Welcomed and Cared for the Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free. Her Example Inspires Us to Do the Same
I WAS BORN IN A LITTLE ITALY IN UPSTATE NEW York, where my aunt and uncle ran a small grocery and a large apartment building. When I was 5, my uncle gave me a bag of fresh bread to bring to the sisters next door. My kindergarten teacher opened the...
On the Road: A Pilgrim on Spain's Camino De Santiago Finds the Church Largely Missing in Action along the Ancient Trail
The rain came softly at first. Soon it was steady, then hard, and before long we were sinking into sole-sucking mud. We trudged on for hours in the downpour, finally reaching the Spanish town of Najiera. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The common-room...
Step by Step: Walking with Jesus, Whether on Water or in a Blindfold, Requires Trust
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S A STANDARD ELEMENT OF YOUTH RETREATS, SUMMER camps, and encounter groups: the trust walk. Blindfold a friend, or the stranger next to you, and take that person on a walk around the space available. It's a little scary...
Super Humans: Our Fascination with the Powerful, Rich, and Popular Keeps Us from Seeing the Ones Who Really Deserve Our Praise
ONCE UPON A TIME "THE BOYS OF SUMmer" were mere mortals sporting cleats and armed only with bats and gloves, but in Hollywood these days they are that band of caped and masked crusaders starring in the summer blockbusters appearing at the local multiplex....
The Buck Stops Where? the Biggest Question in the Sex Abuse Crisis Is Why Some Bishops Still Have Their Jobs
IT COULD HAVE COME OUT OF ANY NEWSPAPER'S POLICE blotter: Adult male arrested for possessing child pornography. The detail that took it from the blotter to the front page was the fact that the offender, Shawn Ratigan, is a priest, and that the diocesan...
The Tree of Life
THE TREE OF LIFE Directed by Terrence Malick (Fox Searchlight, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Terrence Malick's kaleidoscopic masterpiece about, well, everything raises several universal questions, but one query this dazzling film answers definitively...
Why Is There No Mention of Transubstantiation in the Creed?
When considering the Catholic Church, perhaps nothing stands out so obviously as the Mass. Eucharist, according to the Second Vatican Council, is both the "source and summit" of Christian life. Using bread and wine, at Mass we celebrate a communal...