U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 9, September

A Father, a Son, and the Holy Spirit
A Roman holiday holds some soul-changing moments for one American father and his teenage son. It had not been the most pleasant morning on the streets of Rome for this American family. Why wouldn't we allow the boys to buy that lighter fashioned...
Am I OK the Way I Am?
There's a major flaw in our quest for perfection. With so much effort invested in the pursuit of weight goals, good grades, and a winning personality, there's little opportunity left to encounter the power of God's unconditional love. MANY YEARS...
And Every Mountain Brought Low
Hiding behind economic development, King Coal is making molehills out of mountains. WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON LAUNCHED HIS "poverty tour" in July, his first stop was among the economically forlorn hills of Appalachia. Clinton spoke of creating market...
Call Me by Name
WHEN I WAS in graduate school years ago, my wife put me in her debt by holding down the more lucrative job while I stayed home in our modest student-housing apartment and took care of our younger son while studying. The other day I found this entry...
Catholic Tastes
JESUS CHRIST SUPERHERO Bible man is a "scripture-wielding" superhero touring the country and living out his pledge to fight evil in the name of God. This "mighty avenger of truth," played by actor Willie Aames (of Eight Is Enough and Charles in...
Constructing a New Saint?
Perhaps no building more characterizes the Spanish city of Barcelona than the Templo Expiatro de la Sagrada Familia, designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi and still under construction. The "Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family," conceived in the 1860s...
Do This in Memory of Me, but Do It Well
The editors interview Bishop Kenneth Untener In the nearly two decades since Detroit native Bishop Kenneth Untener was named to head the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan he has earned a reputation as one of this country's most innovative episcopal leaders....
Feedback
Q: The biggest spiritual challenge I regularly face in the work I do is: Being accepting of people who have value systems different from mine, while standing up for my values. Jan Luebbe Cincinnati, Ohio Integrating my Christian principles...
How the Mass Became Community Property
The liturgical movement helped connect liturgy to people's lives. Does it need to be restarted? That's the 9:30 Mass on All Saints Day at Resurrection Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Father Paul DeMuth invites the assembly to help him with the gospel....
How the Pope Got His Political Muscle
A look at history reveals that the separation of church and state set forth by the framers of the U.S. Constitution was indeed a revolutionary concept. NINTH IN A 10-PART SERIES ON CHURCH HISTORY Americans are understandably fond of bragging...
Jesus of Hollywood
When the commercial film industry began a little more than 100 years ago, two topics proliferated: pornography and the life of Jesus. Perhaps the original intention of making Jesus films was to extend redemption and salvation to a media suspected of...
Let's Create a Spirituality of Work That Works
Workers can avoid the problem of part-time spirituality, Gregory Pierce argues, with a series of disciplines that fit into today's busy workplaces. FOR MOST PEOPLE, SPIRITUALITY MEANS ONE FORM OR another of getting away from the busy world--to pray,...
Letters
Suffer the children MY REACTION TO THE JULY SOUNDING BOARD, "FOR cryin' out loud, let's keep kids from disrupting Mass" by Joel Schorn, was best summed up by a letter to the editor that appeared in our archdiocesan paper, the St. Louis Review (June...
McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES
Little Voice (Miramax: 1998) There are echoes of Rain Man in this poignant and darkly enchanting Cinderella tale of a terminally shy girl living in the shadow of her blustering, oversexed mother. Laura (Jane Horrocks)--who's been dubbed Little Voice...
Say a Little Prayer for Me
Inviting others to pray with us for our "special intentions" is a way of enacting the blessed truth that if one of us suffers, we all suffer. I WAS SAYING GOODBYE TO A FRIEND I HADN'T SEEN IN A while. As we were parting she looked back and said,...
Who Will Vouch for Catholic Schools?
We can't afford to be indifferent to the fate of our Catholic schools. THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE United States is that total enrollment in Catholic schools in 1998 increased somewhat over 1997. Several factors probably contributed...
Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
The setting was a parish gathering, a small group seeking to reflect on faith and life. The question placed before the group was, "How do you experience God at work?" I knew something was amiss when that question confounded the group. No one was able...