U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1, January

A Display of Faith
It's the custom of my parish to display its extensive collection of relics in the sanctuary every All Saints Day. Each reliquary is tenderly placed on its own Ionic plaster pillar, draped in gold lame, and labeled with a neat place card. I think it's...
Are We Just Shark Bait in a Sea of Information?
We receive an abundance of information daily from computers, television, radio, movies, books, and magazines, but how much of it is really absorbed? But perhaps it we're more picky about the date we digest, we'll be better nourished by it. Dear Diary,...
Don't Give in to Post-Conciliar Pain
One beautiful spring afternoon when I was teaching in a Catholic high school on Staten Island, I found myself with some extra time on my hands. As I took a walk around the rather extensive campus, I stopped for a moment to look at the exterior of the...
From Anathema to Zucchetto: A Faith That Speaks Volumes
My childhood, like nearly every American born in the 1940s, was filled with stories about people coping against stiff odds during the Great Depression. One type of story centered on people too poor to go to school. Some educated themselves in public...
Is Religious Education Stuck in Limbo?
It has been a while since I sat in a classroom at St. Jerome School and learned from Sister Mary Davidis, B.V.M. the rudiments of Catholic catechism and was taught by Christian Brother Malachy at St. George High School a somewhat more sophisticated...
Organ Allocation Should Be an Equal-Opportunity Procedure
WHEN MICKEY MANTLE RECEIVED a liver transplant in June of 1995, there were thousands of people across the country who were also waiting for a lifesaving liver. Most of them had been waiting far longer than Mantle and probably had not directly contributed...
The Give and Take of Corporate Stewardship
On a day when the major product of business seems to be insecurity, it may be naive to talk about corporate stewardship. Yet thousands of businesspeople, many of them Catholic, try daily to exercise stewardship in boardrooms and in corporate offices....
There's More to the Story
Don't get me wrong. Dogmas are important. No faith community can survive without certain clear truths that define what is essential to its identity. There needs to be boundaries within which crucial discussions take place. There needs to be lines...
Will Your Kids' Faith Fly When They Leave the Nest?
We stand together on the sidelines of our son's, soccer match. A gaggle of parents stamping our feet against the creeping cold, huddling under umbrellas away from the drizzling rain which began just as the referees signaled the start of the game. Out...