U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 3, March

A Lucky Lent
Since I rarely eat chocolate or ice cream, for the past several years, I've given up Monday nights for Lent. I "fast" from Ally McBeal, an extra workout, and an early bedtime, and instead spend my Monday evenings attending a weekly series of Lenten...
A Public Disservice Message
A plan to allow small fry onto the airwaves is thwarted by broadcaster interference. THEY SAY POLITICS MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. Apparently, radio waves have a similar effect. At the behest of an awkward alliance between National Public Radio and...
Bless Me, Father, for I Have Ism-Ed
For years, the Seven Deadly Sins have been a way to review our shortcomings for the confessional box. But what about those wrongs that we commit as a society? IT'S LENT AGAIN, A TIME WHEN MOST PARISHES WILL have one of their two annual penance services,...
Can This Marriage Ceremony Be Saved?
A growing number of young Catholics are choosing to get married outside the church, saying the hurdles to a church wedding aren't worth it. For Bridget Carter of Boston, planning to be married in a Catholic ceremony seemed completely natural. Although...
Catholic Tastes
THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AND GERMS The practice of dipping the host into the common cup to avoid infection from bacteria during Communion--used in some Catholic and many Episcopal and Lutheran parishes in the U.S.--actually increases rather than reduces...
Celtic Crossovers: May the Lent of the Irish Be with You
Joyce Rupp suggest seven ways to let Celtic spirituality be your guide this Lent. I shy away from many popular spiritual movements, which seem to come and go like feathers in the breeze. But Celtic spirituality is not one of these. Celtic spirituality...
Confessions of a Moviegoer
Spiritual lessons at the cineplex For one Catholic screenwriter, Matthew 10:27 could describe a life of finding meaning at the movies: "What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light." For four decades now, movies have been lifting me to heaven's...
Feedback
Q: If my job required me to act against deeply held religious and/or moral convictions, I would probably ... Hope that I would have the courage to quit. Kathleen Kohl Sidney, Neb. Change jobs or leave. This is why I always work for a Catholic...
Glad You Asked Q&a on Church Teaching
What's the of marriage prep? The "Two Wallies," as they called themselves, wanted to set a wedding date. Walter and Wallyce, both slight with thick silver hair and the same number of adult grandchildren, had lost their spouses, met, dated, and fell...
Go for the Burn
Who will pass the torch of faith to the next generation? Could it be ... you? IF SPACE ALIENS LANDED IN YOUR BACKYARD OR LOCAL cornfield and asked you to explain Catholicism, what would you tell them? I'd be hard-pressed to know how to begin. Oh...
How Catholic Is God?
Like the parent of warring siblings, God can love on both sides of the fence. AMONG THE REgrets of my life, the day I hurt Nadine holds a special place of ignominy. Maybe it's the Lenten season, bringing the past sins of one's life into sharp relief...
I Could've Prayed All Night
Visiting seven churches in the late hours of Holy Thursday is sure to awaken the spirit. THE TRAVELS OF FAITH DEPEND ON MANY MEANS of transport. Elijah took off for heaven in a flaming chariot. The three wise men hit the road to Bethlehem on camels....
Let's Stick Up for Our Imperfect Church
Mother Church has made her mistakes, but it's our society that will suffer if we continue to ignore Catholicism's contributions to raising the world right. THIS IS A TEST. PLEASE CONCENTRATE. What name pops up when you think: Catholic Church and...
Mccormick's Quick Takes on Voyeurism, Consumerism, Militarism, and Racism
Rear Window (Paramount, 1954). Four decades before Jerry Springer, Jimmy Stewart played the original couch potato turned voyeur in an edgy thriller about the dark pleasures of prying into other people's private lives. On the surface, Hitchcock has...
Odds & Ends
Lent is late this year because Easter is late--April 15 to be exact. Ash Wednesday is the last day in February, and Lent's first Sunday isn't till March 4. Christians find themselves doing a variety of things during Lent to prepare for Easter. "What...
Prolife Doctors Should Have Choices, Too
The battle over abortion is being played out in ways you might not suspect, insists this California physician. As prolife medical professionals are pushed to the margins in health-care circles, so is the idea that all human life is worth preserving....
Questions Keep Flame of Memory Alive
Hoping to establish a firmer basis for evaluating the actions of Pope Pius XII and the Vatican during the Holocaust, the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission completed its preliminary report last fall by raising a number of questions...
Work in Progress
THE JANUARY INTERVIEW WITH SISTER MARY C. BOYS, S.N.J.M. ("We need to revise our perfidious views") was wonderful and insightful, U.S. CATHOLIC is to be commended for its articles over the years on Catholic-Jewish relations. Boys raises quite rightly...