U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 5, May

An Oasis of Peace: A Pioneering Ministry Creates a Safe Place for Faith Sharing and Brings Joy and Hope to People with Mental Illness
As participants welcome and greet each other warmly at the beginning of this afternoon's session of Faith and Fellowship, one of the group's members, Daniel Swoaks, remains visibly agitated. He corners me, the visiting reporter, with his burning question,...
Are Progressives Too Old Fashioned for Young Catholics?
It's some time in the early 1980s, and I'm walking with my dad and our church friends to a field outside the Athletic and Convocation Center at the University of Notre Dame. Inside, Ronald Reagan is giving a speech; outside, a group of Catholic activists...
Communion Waiver: Let's Not Spurn Jesus' Invitation to Drink from His Cup. (the Examined Life)
WHY IS IT, I WONDER, THAT ON COUNTLESS Sundays in numberless churches thousands of good faithful Catholics march up the aisle at Communion time, reverently receive the sacred bread, then turn and walk right past the sacred wine with nary a glance?...
Eaters of the World, Unite. (Letters: You May Be Right)
I WANT TO COMMEND U.S. CATHOLIC FOR AN OUTSTANDING grouping of articles on agricultural and food issues in the March issue. Thank you for drawing the attention of us "eaters" to the plight of family farmers, who produce our food and protect our environment....
Give Poor Parenting a Time-Out
Barbara Coloroso holds kids in high esteem. She believes in them and knows what they're capable of. This profound respect for children underlies all her work with parents, teachers, and school administrators. Coloroso is an internationally recognized...
Give Us This Day: Catholic Calendars Are a Reminder of God's Presence in Everyday Life. (Practicing Catholic)
CATHOLICS BELIEVE IN THE INCARNATION, THE doctrine that says God became flesh and dwelt among us. Approached cerebrally, I find that bit of dogma is darn near unfathomable. It's much better to sneak up on this mystery through life's incarnational experiences--like...
"Great Homily, Mrs. Jones!" (News: Signs of the Times)
In some parishes, it's just for special occasions. A woman gives a reflection on Mother's Day, or a father on Father's Day. But for more and more parishes without a resident priest, lay preaching is becoming increasingly common. Now the U.S. bishops...
Here Comes Everybody's Church: Forty Years after the Second Vatican Council, "Catholic Identity" Is Still in Flux. What Can Future Generations of Catholics Expect?
Lino Rulli is 30, just one guy but also a symbol of the future. Like more than half of American Catholics today, he can't remember the Second Vatican Council--he wasn't even born when they did away with the Latin Mass. Working for St. Olaf Parish,...
Is Mary a Saint? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
From the beginning, it was natural for the church to record and preserve stories of the lives of holy persons who died and are believed to be in glory with God in heaven. Chapter 7 of the Acts of the Apostles records the death of Stephen, a deacon...
Keeping Up Appearances: Marian Sightings Are on the Upswing. Traveling Apparition Country in Upstate New York, One Woman Tries to Make Sense of This Most Catholic "Vision Thing."
Between the ages of 8 and 10, I spent considerable time hoping for a Marian apparition. In the mid-1960s, Lourdes and Fatima were still on the lips of Catholics. I had read the books, seen the movies, been dabbed with holy water from the sites. I was...
My High School Spirit: How a Caged Adolescent Heart Learned about the Meaning of Pentecost. (Testaments)
"SHY" DIDN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE IT. THE KIND OF girl I was at 14 was closer to invisible. It seems I came to the inclination early on. When I was very small, my mother says the only way to find me in a room was to move all the furniture. And there I'd...
No Mom Is an Island
When my husband and I were expecting our first child, and I was devouring piles of books that spelled out, in grim detail, every single thing that could go wrong with my pregnancy, I found the best remedy in taking a walk. During lunch I would stroll...
Secret Disservice: When It Comes to Public Accountability, Is the Vatican Just Another Corporation?
One of the most important decisions the bishops at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) made was their refusal to go along with the secrecy that Vatican officials tried to impose upon them. The Vatican bureaucrats of the Roman Curia had long been used...
Serving Up Faith, Family Style: A Survey of U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Finds Day-to-Day Family Life Nurtures Their Spirituality-Even When Things Are Louder, Messier, or Busier Than They Might Choose. (Reader Survey)
WHEN IT COMES RIGHT down to it, nothing beats family. The love, the pain, the joy, the worry, the laughter, the trouble--family s got it all. And according to 175 respondents to a reader survey on spirituality and the family, a majority of U.S. CATHOLIC...
The Muslim Mary. (Odds & Ends)
Among the myriad feasts and festivals of Mary, the annual May crowning ranks high. Many a Catholic sang "O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May," as one of the eighth grade girls solemnly crowned the statue...
The Occidental Tourist: Hospitality Has Been a Universal Human Virtue. Today Travelers Themselves Have an Equally Important Moral Obligation to the People and Places They Visit. (Culture in Context)
THIS PAST CHRISTMAS THERE WAS PLENTY OF room at the inn. Instead of the sea of "no vacancy" signs that greeted Mary and Joseph on their arrival in Bethlehem, the hospitality industry was scouring the highways and byways for guests to fill its banquet...
Who Counts? the War on Terror Requires an Accurate Body Count, So U.S. Policy Can Be Held Accountable. (Margin Notes)
THE SUDDEN RESURGENCE OF VIOLENCE IN Afghanistan that was "Operation Anaconda" claimed eight American lives and a number of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters that remains in dispute. You will scan media reports in vain, however, for any accounting of the...