U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, March

Apocalypse Now and Then
As we approach the year 2000, we are sated with headlines and books pointing to the end of this or that, raising our curiosity about what the next millennium will be like. There is a kind of muted excitement about witnessing a new millennium. At the...
Chiapas Church Renews Peace Efforts after Massacre
The savage massacre of 45 Tzotzil Indians on December 22 in the village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas has focused new attention on the continuing crisis and conflict in that state and on the peace-and-justice efforts of the local Catholic...
Good Homilists Don't Always Go by the Book
TO PARAPHRASE THE TITLE OF THE MUSICAL comedy song, the homilist's lot is not a happy one. Our hearts should go out to priests (and other clergy persons for that matter) who must dazzle--with substance, of course--their congregations 52-plus times...
Murder in Black and White
"We been walkin' with dropped down heads, with a scrunched-up heart, and a timid body in the bushes. But we ain't scared anymore.... If you have to die, die for something." --An elderly black farmer in Lowndes County, Alabama Thomas Lemuel...
Opposites Distract: Is Polarization Pulling the Church Apart?
It's a prize fight--progressive Catholics against traditional Catholics, liberals against conservatives. But while the boxers slug it out in the ring, who is paying attention? Does anyone care about the outcome? Do the people in the stands--er,...
People Are Dying to Come to America
Good fences make good neighboers. That's apparently the opinion of the Clinton administration, which has over the past several years broadened efforts to seal off the U.S.-Mexico border behind sturdier fencing and a border patrol that has more than...
Saint Joseph Gets Buried in His Work
Joseph, husband to Mary and father to Jesus, has a full plate when it comes to work. In 1937 he was named patron of people who combat godless communism by Pope Pius XI. Joseph was again recruited in 1955 to be a model for workers and received a new...
Sign Language
Dinner hour, and I sit down to the table with my wife and three small children, ready to talk turkey. Today it is my youngest son's turn for grace, and he starts us off with the sign of the cross. He has a unique take on this act, as in so many other...
Sing Your Heart Out
If you can't find the words to convey what you feel, it's time to belt out a song, says culture columnist Patrick McCormick. If the occasion is important, there's bound to be a song to help us find our one voice. I don't know about you, but for me...
Sunny-Side Up
On the corner of Northwest Broadway and Everett in downtown Portland, Oregon there is a greasy spoon of a restaurant called John's Cafe. I call it Police Headquarters because on any given morning you can find at least seven or eight cops at the counter...
Surprised by the Sacred
The sacred is all around us, and in finding connections with it we affirm the unity and kinship of all the living. Driving on a paved road not far from home last summer, I saw an injured snake, hit by a car, stuck by its open wound to the road. It was...
Whatever Happened to the Peace Dividend?
It was a delightful shock to wake up the first morning of the new world order on November 12, 1989. The night before, the Berlin Wall had come tumbling down across the broken political infrastructure of nearly 50 years of mistrust, uncertainty, and...
What Happens at Mass Is More Than Meets the Eye
Lincoln, Nebraska and Saginaw, Michigan are textbook examples of a "conservative" and a "liberal" diocese. In an article for Commonweal magazine, author Charles Morris sees the contrast between the two most graphically illustrated in their approaches...