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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 2, February

Change We Can Believe In: Church Teaching Is the Same Always and Everywhere-Except When It Isn't
USING THE WORDS "POPE" AND "CONDOM" IN THE same sentence is bound to draw attention; when it's the pope himself using the latter word in a sentence of his own, the world takes notice. So it did when, in excerpts of his new book-length interview...
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Don't Focus on the Family: Are Full Family Schedules Masking Emptiness of Spirit? A Catholic Ethicist and Suburban Mom Challenges Families to Make Time for the Really Important Stuff. the Editors Interview Julie Hanlon Rubio
Because Julie Hanlon Rubio's father was a civil rights attorney, the family's dinner table discussions during her childhood often revolved around his work. "Just having that consciousness rather than always talking about our own lives was important...
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Eating Disorders: While There Are Still Starving People in Africa, Many More around the World Are Fighting a Losing Battle of the Bulge
IN OCTOBER OF 2004, WHEN REALITY MAKEOVER SHOWS were at their peak, NBC debuted The Biggest Loser, a weight-loss competition program pitting a dozen or so morbidly obese contestants against one another in a grueling 12- to 14-week slim-a-thon, with...
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How Did Jesus Found the Church?
While they are obviously connected, the link between Jesus and the church as we know it today isn't exactly clear. The Jesus movement of the first century was a group of mostly Jewish followers who were of little social importance and who often met...
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I Know I've Been Changed
I KNOW I'VE BEEN CHANGED Aaron Neville (EMI Gospel, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Put the name of New Orleans R&B singer Aaron Neville alongside those of Flannery O'Connor or Walker Percy in your list of great Catholic artists of the past...
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Let's Get a Big Bang out of Science: Far from Being a Threat to Faith, Modern Science Is an Invitation to Get Better Acquainted with the Force Behind the Universe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION?" A CHRISTIAN woman accuses me. I explain that I don't believe in evolution. I accept evolution as a scientific theory in the same way I accept the theory of gravity. In 2006 National Geographic...
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Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind: Parenting a Challenging Child Is Not for the Faint of Heart
IN A RECENT MEETING WITH ALL THE PLAYERS IN OUR FOSTER daughter's case--social workers, attorneys, birth parents, adoption experts, and my husband and me--I was asked to give a summary of T's progress since our last meeting, three months previous....
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Papal Prescription: The Pope's Stance on Health Care May Be Hard Pill to Swallow for Opponents of Reform
MORE THAN 100 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR ACROSS the world are driven into poverty because of the cost of illness or "catastrophic injury," the United Nations reported in November. Whether in the affluent or the developing world, nations that rely on individual...
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Race Matters
Years ago I talked to a pastor on Chicago's near South Side. Wealthy families were moving into the neighborhood as development pushed slowly south from Chicago's Loop. The parish grammar school at the time was almost all African American. Realizing...
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Tangled
TANGLED Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (Disney, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like dozens of its predecessors, Disney's 50th animated feature film transforms a fairy tale about a princess in distress into a sweet, heartwarming musical...
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The Greatest Prayer
THE GREATEST PRAYER By John Dominic Crossan (HarperOne, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Dominic Crossan, the eminent if controversial scholar of the Bible, is most well known through his work to uncover the historical core of the gospels....
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The Other Irish Saint: Raise a Pint and Air out Your Linens-St. Brigid Is Coming
EARLY IN OUR MARRIAGE MY HUSBAND, STEPHEN, AN Irish immigrant to the United States, was having trouble sleeping. He was happy enough with his new life in Chicago, but a combination of culture shock concerning all things American and simply missing...
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Unexcusable Absence: Catholic Schools Have Largely Failed to Attract Hispanic Catholics, but Some Parishes Have Found Innovative Ways to Draw Them In
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As her Puerto Rican immigrant mother had done with her as a child growing up in Chicago, Jennifer Bonesz sent both of her daughters to Catholic schools. Athena, 14, attended from preschool through eighth grade, and Damary,...
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Value Added? the Jury's out on Whether Catholic Law and Business Schools Give Students a Higher Degree of Faith
When Brian Chan was applying to graduate business schools in 2002, finding a Catholic university was not on his wish list at all. "I applied to the programs that had the biggest names--Harvard, Stanford, Wharton," Chan says. "I didn't consider whether...
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Wise Up: Without Humility, Older Doesn't Necessarily Mean Wiser
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OTHER WOMEN HAD WARNED ME THAT AFTER TURNing 50, I'd experience a change. No, not simply changes but a fundamental shift in self-understanding. "You'll come to realize," these elders assured me, "that a half-century of living...
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