U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 8, August

Bible Study: It's Not Just for Protestants Anymore
Oprah isn't the only one attracting people to book clubs. Through parish Bible study groups, Catholics are growing in understanding of scripture, enlivening their faith, and getting closer to God and one another. Gary Hoffman's passion for the Bible...
Body Politic Building
Can a shared vision of the common good improve more than a nation's spiritual health? JACK LALANNE MIGHT STILL BE ABLE TO TOW A ROW OF yachts across a lake, and 50ish Sly Stallone is definitely holding up his burly end of the deal, but the rest...
Catholic Tastes
WHAT WOULD JESUS DRINK? The answer to this question, of course, is: wine. Tabletalk magazine (February 2000) recently investigated the drinking habits of the one who asked to be remembered by drinking: "He drank the best. In his miracle at the wedding...
Fields of Broken Dreams
"The barns are broken down, the granaries lie in ruin." (Joel 1:17) Rural nostalgia is in vogue. Bookstores have piles of gift books and calendars featuring quaint villages, country churches, and old, weathered barns, all of them nestled in colorful...
For All the Faithfully Departed
The memorial Mass of an eccentric high-school friend turns into an act of faith A FRIEND OF MINE DIED AND NONE OF OUR OTHER friends knew until he was already buried. He wasn't exactly a friend, but he was more than an acquaintance. He was an eccentric...
Have You Read the Good Book Lately?
Here's what U.S. CATHOLIC readers know, because the Bible tells them so. HOW IS KNOWLEDGE OF THE Bible like knowledge of the family car? Let's let Michael Pearl of Aurora, Colorado count the ways: "Most of us own at least one; many of us are content...
LINE Dancing
Caterina Vieira was born pigeon-toed. The second daughter, birthed under the sign of the ram, it was inevitable. Her mother, Elvira, used to say that Caterina did everything she could not to be born, but Elvira was born under the ram too, and Portuguese,...
Never Again
Six ways to teach our children about the Holocaust A while ago, I wrote a newspaper story on a new book about the Holocaust--a highly detailed, emotionally wrenching 818-page history of the Eastern European shtetl (village) of Eishyshok in Lithuania--There...
No Forgiveness, No Future
AN INTERVIEW WITH ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU In late 1995 Archbishop Desmond Tutu was looking forward to his retirement when South Africa's President Nelson Mandela appointed him chairperson of the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "Who...
No Time like the Present
What's with the fascination over Michael Crichton's Timeline and Jurassic Park--or with other summer blockbusters that promise to take us back to the future? Why are we relishing that form of escape? Patrick McCormick thinks it's about time to ask....
Pull Together Now
The future of feminism in the church will depend on older and younger women working on the same team. But GenX women may not fit into "the way we've always done it." It was a veritable who's who of Catholic feminist theology. Fifteen of the most...
Ready, Set, Grow
It wouldn't take much to give today's infants a better tomorrow. IF YOU SAW A 3-YEAR-OLD ON A TRICYCLE TRUNDLING alone toward a busy intersection, what would you do? You'd intervene, right? It would be unconscionable to let that innocent child continue...
Relief for Reform's Hungry Children
Despite low unemployment, unprecedented economic expansion, and reductions in poverty, one family in ten in the United States cannot always afford enough food--31 million people, including more than 12 million children, live in these homes. Nearly...
The Secret Is Out
When I read that the third and final secret of Fatima had finally been revealed by the Vatican a few months ago, many memories returned. Prior to Vatican II, Fatima was a substantial cottage industry of Catholicism. Every child who then attended a...
This Time It's Personal
The genocide in Rwanda hits home when 24 post-menopausal women from the suburbs get bored with their own issues and decide to stretch themselves to help a Rwandan woman in search of a U.S. graduate degree. Step one: They have to raise $30,000--fast....
Wonder Bread
What do we get when we line up for the Bread of Life? INTO THE LIFE OF every elementary schoolteacher, I imagine, there comes someone like Ben. I was not prepared for Ben, however, because I am neither a schoolteacher nor a parent. As an adult...