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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 11, November

After the Flood: In the Aftermath of Katrina, Can We Finally Begin the Era of Communal Responsibility?
IN THE MURKY, OIL-SOILED WAKE OF HURRICANE KATRINA, as the bodies of hundreds of our fellow citizens were recovered from the flooded of New Orleans, Americity can politicians and media were assigning blame instead of assessing failure. It was a depressing,...
City of New Orleans
Whatever the future might hold for this piece of geography, its many faces remain treasured memories for all who frequent New Orleans. For some, it's the jazz emanating from Preservation Hall, for others it's the paintings and portraits they purchased...
Confession: A Shadow of Its Former Self?
When Bonnie Lavric was growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the mid-1960s, her mother, father, and four siblings dutifully piled into their VW Beetle every Saturday for an afternoon drive. The destination? Weekly individual Confessions at their local...
Don't Trash Our Past
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW ROBERT ORSI In the late 1980s, when Robert Orsi had just begun his work studying devotion to St. Jude, he had dinner with a prominent liturgist who had spent years promoting liturgical change after Vatican II. As Orsi began...
Feedback
Q: The best thing I've read in my diocesan newspaper was ... Explanations of current Sunday readings. Domenica Morrman Smithtown, N.Y. In-depth reporting on the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Barbara...
Goats Aren't All Baaad; Nothing in the Bible Is Black and White, Least of All the Recipe for Salvation
"THERE ARE TWO KINDS of people," my friend said as we sipped coffee in a sunny cafe. I groaned. People are so riotously different it seems rude to bundle them into categories. By comparison, most popular books and movies seem to have been written by...
I Bless Dead People: Despite Our Desire to Keep Death at a Distance, Catholic Tradition Encourages Us to Honor the Bodies of the Faithful Departed with a Holy Touch
WHEN MY UNCLE JOE DIED A FEW YEARS AGO, HIS Pentecostal sisters from northeastern Tennessee insisted that the casket remain open during the service, despite the disapproval of my aunt's more staid Quaker minister, who seemed concerned to avoid anything...
Is No News Good News? Looking for the Scoop on the Catholic Church? You May Not Find It in Your Diocesan Newspaper. Too Many Photos of Bishops and Not Enough Analysis Have Weakened the Catholic Press. but Journalists Could Help Restore Credibility in the Church-If Given the Chance
THERE'S AN OLD STORY ABOUT THE HEADLINE IN A Catholic paper in the Midwest: "Flood wipes out whole town. No Catholics drown!" But that was in the 1950s, pre-Vatican II American church--ghetto-minded, turned in upon itself. All that has changed,...
Let Us Pray
"What is prayer?" I was asked this question as a teenager by an elderly man who happened to be sitting next to me at a wedding. He wanted me to see that, from his perspective, prayer was nothing but a fearful call into the abyss. While I laughed about...
Look What We've Read Lately: Though Our Tastes Run from Inspirational to Theological to Downright Political, U.S. Catholic Editors Are of One Mind in Wanting to Help You Bulk Up Your Winter Reading List
Heidi Schlumpf Managing editor Sequels can be risky, especially when the first book is an icon of the genre. That's what Anne Lamott's spiritual autobiography Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (Pantheon, 1999) has become for spiritual-but-not-too-religious...
Never Again! the Pope's Visit to the Cologne Synagogue Was Both a Milestone and a Missed Opportunity
DURING MY GROWING-UP YEARS IN GERMANY OUR family frequently visited our favorite aunt in the city of Cologne. Tante Marianne worked as a Catholic religion teacher and was active in the Cologne Society for Christian Jewish Cooperation. One of the highlights...
Portrait of the Artist
WHEN DUTCH-BORN ARTIST SYLVIA NICOLAS WAS working on a mosaic at a Benedictine abbey in New England more than 40 years ago, the monks insisted she finish and clean up so they could begin Holy Thursday services. "But the church isn't ready yet," she...
Turn the Other Page: A Host of Recent Books Tackles the Topics of Religious Violence and Nonviolence. What Would Jesus Do? These Authors Say He'd Be Creative, Courageous, and Compassionate
"RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE" SHOULD BE AN OXYMORON, but ever since Cain slew Abel in a dispute over whose worship was more pleasing to God, people of all different faiths have killed in the name of religion. The attacks of September 11 and the War on Terror...
Walk This Way: Meet Three Modern Women Who Teach Us How to Take Little Steps on the Road to Holiness
The coffee mug on sale in the gift shop said it all: "Do small things with great love." Mother Teresa. For $5.95 plus tax I could hold the key to a holy life in my hand. It was a fitting combination in a way: an ordinary object used in everyday life...
Who Are the Church Fathers?
The expression "Church Fathers" refers to a group of writers in the lands around the Mediterranean Sea who shaped the foundations of Christian thought from about 200 to 600 A.D. Some wrote in Greek, others in Latin. They are called "Fathers" because...