U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 10, October

Be Fair to the Pharisees: Alice Camille Rescues This Misunderstood Group from Their Biblical Bad Rap
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE PHARISEES. AND ON any given day, chances are I qualify for membership in the order of Pharisees myself. So maybe you will appreciate it when I argue for a moratorium on Pharisee bashing. Until we are sure we understand who...
Building Bernardin
Chicago, like so many other older American cities, continues to rebuild its city center. Down come commercial buildings of modest height and up go residential buildings that scrape the sky. Each new building gets named by its developer, much like parents...
Can Catholics Put Faith in Politics?
When Mark Shields is cracking jokes about the tragi-comedies of Capitol Hill, some may find it hard to take this guy seriously. But if you don't, you'll be sorry. As a nationally-syndicated columnist in The Washington Post and a television commentator...
Can We Talk? Even the Best-Laid Plans-And Dialogues-Can Go Awry. Lessons from an Embarrassing Event
ON THIS CRISP, CLOUDLESS AFTERNOON I'M IN A ROOM full of some 60 fellow Catholics at Chicago's Navy Pier for a "Festival of Faith." The only obviously Muslim person among us is a young woman in her hijab--the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women....
Feedback
Q: The reason I vote is ... If I don't vote, I have no right to complain about the way the government is run. Veronica Van Hess Elma, Wash. It's one way to change the system. Deacon Warner Washington Wylie, Texas It's the responsible,...
Hopelessly Devoted to Jude
What good fortune I have to be the director of two of the Claretians' thriving ministries: Claretian Publications and the St. Jude League. The two are intimately connected, in that U.S. CATHOLIC originally grew out of a devotional publication called...
Irreconcilable Differences? Wrestling with American Prolife Politics
Last December Bishop Raymond Burke, then of the relatively small, mostly rural Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, made national and international news with a simple directive: Catholic legislators in his diocese who continue to support abortion "may not...
It's a Sin Not to Vote: The First Tuesday in November Should Be a Holy Day of Obligation-At the Polls. Even When There's No Candidate Who Fully Embraces Church Teaching, Catholics Have an Obligation to Participate in the Political Process by Casting Their Ballot
A WHILE BACK, A FRIEND PASSED ALONG THE ABOVE editorial cartoon by Nick Anderson. After my smile faded, I, couldn't help but realize two things: 1) It s a sin not to vote; and 2) the first Tuesday in November should be a holy day of obligation (in...
It's the Issues, Stupid: A "Substance-Rich" Memo to the 2004 Candidates
TO: George Bush and John Kerry campaigns RE: "Going serious" gambit for 2004 GENTLEMEN: By this point in Campaign 2004, the voting public has been treated to a few thousand ads attacking John Kerry's overblown Vietnam record and uncountable references...
St. Jude Prays for Us: U.S. Catholic's Roots Go Back to a Scrappy Priest Who 75 Years Ago Spread Devotion to the Patron Saint of Difficult Causes on Chicago's South Side-And around the World
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Chicago's South Side was little more than 12 months old when a standing-room-only crowd of more than a thousand worshipers filled its pews and aisles for the conclusion of the first Solemn Novena to St. Jude ever held...
The Beauty of the Beasts: All Creatures Great and Small Deserve a Blessing on St. Francis' Feast Day
THE FIRST TIME I WITNESSED AN ANIMAL BLESSING was in October 1996--in the courtyard of a Franciscan church near downtown San Francisco. A congenial, brown-robed friar blessed the pets with holy water, calling each dog, cat, rabbit, gerbil, or police...
The Night Shift at St. Agatha's: On a Dark Portland Street in the Wee Hours of the Morning, Who Knew You Could Find the Light of the World?
Is prayer work? I think it was my agent who first asked this question. After two years of researching, interviewing, and writing, I had finished a book called Up All Night, containing portraits of 23 people who worked the night shift. Or, more accurately,...
Weapons of Mass Instruction: The Rise in Popularity of Documentaries Is Putting the Heat on Everyone from Presidents to Hamburgers
NOT SO LONG AGO DOCUMENTARIES WERE THERE kind of movies they showed in civics or P.E. class, barnburners about Paraguay or Joe's lung that were as much fun as watching paint dry. Then Ken Burns came along with The Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz, and...
What Is Traditionalist Catholicism?
Not long ago the author Kurt Vonnegut wrote about "the devout Roman Catholic Mel Gibson, who, as an act of piety, has just made a fortune with a movie about how Jesus was tortured" There's only one problem with Vonnegut's perhaps well-taken comment...
Women Take Center Stage in New Vatican Document
A new Vatican document addressed to bishops, On the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and the World, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on May 31 and just released in August, has received mixed reviews. "At its worst, the document demonstrates...
You Never Retire from the Corporal Works: Old Age Isn't Keeping These Seniors from Their Regular Volunteer Work
Veterans of the holy wars--the wars against poverty, racism, and ignorance--the pious elderly have met a new enemy. It is themselves, with their aging flesh, bones, and brains. A pop quiz revealed to one group of them that they could no longer recite...