U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 9, September

A Priest Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
The people of God can ill afford to shun the many gifts of resigned and married priests. Earlier this year, when Pope John Paul 11 issued a sweeping apology on behalf of the church for various betrayals of the gospel, he said: "Recognizing the deviations...
Catholic Tastes
BASIC EDUCATION "Newspaper reports about the pope's frailty are often illustrated by pictures of him with his eyes closed and his head in his hands," notes the London-based Tablet (May 27, 2000). One such photo ran in the Guardian newspaper this...
Feedback
Q: Any committee is bound to be plagued by annoying behaviors or frustrating dynamics, but what really drives me crazy on a parish committee is when ... Someone says, "We've always done it this way." Rita M. Bottei South Bend, Ind. People...
In Pursuit of Happiness
Catholics have traditionally learned to wait for their rewards in the next life, prompting the question, "Are we really supposed to be happy?" These are the first two questions and answers in the old Baltimore Catechism: "Who made you?" "God...
Letters
Who's who in your community? I REALLY ENJOY U.S. CATHOLIC. THE JULY INTERVIEW with Sister Maria Elena Gonzalez, R.S.M. ("That all may be one") offers readers a topic that is long overdue. I am a resident of California. Five years ago, California...
Mccormick's Quick Takes on Classic Greed
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Brothers, 1948). Director John Huston and his son Walter won three Oscars for this gritty Western tale of greed, suspicion, and betrayal--but it's Humphrey Bogaffs performance as the driven and increasingly...
Outward Signs
Jesus likes the Pharisees. He hangs out with them. He just wishes they remembered religion is an inside job. With the many recent announcements of beatifications and canonizations, I keep waiting for Melanie's name to appear on the lists. All...
Room 8
As I teach and contemplate these 14 difficult graces, I consider that some years from now they will be the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Every Sunday afternoon I drive seven miles to Room Eight and there conduct the second-grade class in Catholic...
Shiny Happy People
Happy. Carefree. Joyful. These are not words generally used to describe the generation branded with the letter X. We're supposed to be sullen, cynical, whiny. We pop antidepressants like aspirin to medicate our postmodern malaise of meaninglessness....
Spirituality Cafe
SPIRITUALITY IS... "the art of transfiguration. We should not force ourselves to change by hammering our lives into any predetermined shape. ...Too often people try to change their lives by using the will as a kind of hammer to beat their life into...
States Should Mind Their Own Business
Can state and local governments help push American corporations out of Burma? SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO HAVE THE PEOPLE OF the world on your side than the governments of the world," 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Sun Kyi once said. The...
The Papal Track to Sainthood
Like politicians and police, might popes take care of their own first? That certainly is the impression these days as the trend toward canonizations for those who sat in the chair of Peter this past century and a half grows. Pius IX, Pius XII, and...
The Work of Many Hands
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW BROTHER LOUGHLAN SOFIELD, S.T. Collaboration is a chameleon of a word. In wartime, it means "assisting the enemy." In peacetime, it means "working jointly with others." In the parish, says Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T., collaboration...
Three's Company
Young Catholics craving community may be just the ones to model how to live with the Trinity. At the heart of Catholic identity lies a dormant doctrine, asleep in books of theology and the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. I am convinced that...
Walk This Way
Life has a way of disrupting our inner peace and sense of direction. But walking the labyrinth remains a time-honored way to slow down and encounter God. MY LIFE WAS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE THAT insurance company list of most stressful life changes--a...
We Can Be Better Than Bitter
There is room in the church for all human beings, no matter which way your sexuality tilts. ROME IS AN AMAZING CITY. I LIVED THERE AS A college student years ago. I was just 20 at the time, and it was an eye-opening experience for a kid who'd led...
What Makes a Happy Priest?
Who will tomorrow's priests be--and how happy are present ones in their work? Father Richard Marzheuser, academic dean of an Ohio seminary, sees several ends in today's seminarians, describing them as men who were deeply affected by their Catholic...
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Does all the millionaire mania signal a harmless obsession, or does it signify a sour investment in America's prevailing value system? Patrick McCormick wants to use a lifeline and call Jesus for some help. Go, sell everything you have and give...
Why I'm Fed Up with Parish Committees
(and what it would take to get me back) "GIVE ME A BREAK," A FRIEND CHUCKLED MORE than 15 years ago when his parish council started drafting a mission statement. An expert had told them it would take two years to polish that document and get the...