U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 5, May

A Baffled Buyer's Guide to the Good Book
He thought it would be easy to buy a Bible, a birthday gift for a godchild. The bookseller directed him to section 41. There he found more than 35 linear feet of shelving stocked with myriad editions of the Bible. Like cereals lining the aisle of...
Don't Make a Federal Case out of Balancing the Budget
THESE DAYS IT SEEMS DEMOCRATS AND Republicans can't find much of anything they agree on. But in a rare display of bipartisanship last year--albeit one preceded by months of budget gridlock culminating in the mortifying spectacle of the multiple shutdown...
Father, Son, and an Unholy War
Imagine being a supporter of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the son of a lieutenant general who is the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Imagine your mental and spiritual development placing you in total opposition with the person you admire...
Feel Free to Put More Vanity on Your Plate
I remember when they were called vanity license plates, low numbered or clearly worded car tags. Vanity, often termed pride, was one of the seven deadly sins (the others: envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust). For long years the cardinal...
Get Your Faith off the Shelf
U.S. Catholic asked University of Notre Dame professor Lawrence Cunningham to name the most influential books published in the past ten years. He and other astute obeservers of the Catholic publishing scene offer a guided tour of books that will make...
Jesus Always Liked You Best
Martha, Martha, you are anxious about many things . . ." Okay, I admit it up front. I am a recovering Martha. I like to think I'm on the road to Mary who has chosen the better part, but I lapse. There are inexplicable days when my usual 4 p.m. meditation...
Note on an Index Worth Shelving
It was in 1966 that the Catholic Church ceased publication of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of Prohibited Books), the list of banned books that began with an Index of Forbidden Works promulgated by Gelasius in Rome in the year 496. The Christian...
Rhapsody in Blue
It is difficult--if not almost impossible--to write about the Virgin Mary without the essay becoming a lyric poem. For as scholar Jaroslav Pelikan reminds us in his extraordinary new book, Mary (Yale, 1996), not only has the "Aye Maria" been repeated...
Thrice-Told Tales
To say three novels dealing with murder and mayhem are like the synoptic gospels seems, at best, an odd comparison. But, like Matthew, Mark, and Luke, these novelists reveal how, for good or for ill, our lives are shaped by the stories we live. Socked...
We'll Keep a Light on for You
ALL MY LIFE A CATHOLIC, I UNDERSTOOD vigil lights for the first time on my mother's birthday, May 18, eight months after she died. Not quite knowing what to do with myself, I went to morning Mass and was comforted. The beautiful Eastertide readings...
Who's Afraid of Rupert Bunny?
Although she had a fertile imagination, he doubted she would have invented that Rupert Bunny had painted her. He had been surprised that she had even heard of Bunny. He was somewhat disappointed by the Rupert Bunny exhibition but admired the self-portrait...