U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 10, October

Can We Change This Station, Please! (Editor's Note)
Ever since he was an infant, my oldest son has been fascinated both by music and by electronics. I'm very happy that he inherited his music genes from his musical mother and not from his tone-deaf father. As a little baby he would love to sit in his...
Divining Messages: How to Discern the Voice of God from All the Other Noise We Hear
You say that God communicates with me? How? And how do I know I'm hearing God and not some figment of my imagination? We believe that our God creates this world for a purpose, namely to draw all of us into community with God and with one another....
Down but Not Out: The Sex Abuse Scandal in the Church Has U.S. Catholic Readers Hopping Mad. but They Haven't Lost Their Faith in God nor Given Up on Their Church or Their Priests. (Reader Survey)
U.S. CATHOLICS ARE MAD AS hell. They re also disappointed, sad, and ashamed. Survey after survey of American Catholics has already shown that the sex abuse crisis has deeply affected people in the pews. But when we asked U.S. CATHOLIC readers and Web...
Exorcism: What the Devil Is Going on? Fueled by Books, Movies, and a Therapeutic Culture, Exorcism Is Alive and Well in America. but Are We Dealing with Demons or Diversions?
Over the past several years I have discovered it side of America I never knew existed. In the course of intensive and far-flung research, I have sat in on dozens of exorcisms--not Just Roman Catholic exorcisms But a wide variety of Protestant ones...
Faith Healer. (Elizabeth Musaba in Person)
WHEN ELIZABETH MUSABA WAS A LITTLE girl growing up in Zambia, she used to think that her life was different from the lives of all the other little girls around her. "I used to think that there must be something more that I was born to do," she says,...
Hail to Fredonia! the Bush Administration Adopts a Marxist (Brothers') Approach to War-Making in Iraq. (Margin Notes)
"TO WAR, TO WAR, TO WAR WE'RE GONNA GO! A-high-dee-high-dee-high-dee-high-dee-high-dee-high-dee-ho!" Forgive my giddiness, but I can't help turning over that delirium-inducing dance sequence from the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup in my mind these days....
Home Remedies: Five Spiritual Cures for What Ails Families Today
I was meeting with a group of moms and dads about their role as parents and asked them to list what they would consider the biggest threats to modern families. It didn't take them long to begin feverishly writing down their ideas. When it was time...
How Blessed Are These Happy Meals? (Catholic Tastes)
"Christianity began as a movement of hope symbolized by the sharing of a simple fellowship meal of wine and bread," notes the Rev. James L. Evans in Sightings (Aug. 2, 2002). Reflecting on this, Evans admits to some puzzlement at the news that a church...
That All May Be One: An Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper
The embrace of Saints Peter and Paul depicted in the icon at left found a contemporary echo three years ago when German Bishop Walter Kasper warmly embraced Zimbabwean Lutheran Pastor Ishmael Noko. The occasion was the historic signing ceremony of...
The Embrace of the Flags. (Signs of the Times)
Perhaps the first thing people noticed at World Youth Day in Toronto last July 21-28 was that almost everyone was carrying some sort of flag. The interesting thing is that to the young people greeting each other, at times it seemed to matter little...
We Can't Walk Away: The Gospel Calls Us Down the Long Road to Justice and Forgiveness. (the Examined Life)
I'VE BEEN THINKING A LOT LATELY ABOUT ERIC PATTERson. And Daniel Romey, Bobby Thompson, Paul Tafolla, and Gilbert Rodriguez. These five young men grew up near Wichita, Kansas, where they were altar boys at different parishes. They were all molested...
What Is an Ecumenical Council? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
Forty years ago this month, on Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the first session of the Second Vatican Council. He had given the council a threefold agenda: (1) the better internal ordering of the church itself; (2) unity among Christians; and...
Who Can You Trust? This Year's Hollywood Blockbusters Reveal That the Thing We Fear Most May Be Lurking Right in Our Own Backyards. (Culture in Context)
THRILLERS ARE ALWAYS A HOT SUMMER TICKET and this year Hollywood pumped out six of these paranoid roller coasters, having us run for cover with the likes of Al Pacino, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Mel Gibson. Given 9/11 and the...
Who Was Juan Diego? (Odds & Ends)
Did Pope John Paul II canonize a real person or an imaginative story when he raised Juan Diego to sainthood? This past July the aging and ailing pope, after hanging out with some of the world's Catholic youth in Toronto, traveled to Mexico to canonize...