U.S. Catholic

This magazine publishes news, opinions and reviews about issues concerning the everyday lives of Catholics.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 9, September

And They'll Know We Are Christians ... like Alice in Wonderland, We Often Feel like Confused Children, Unsure of Our True Identities as People of Faith. (Testaments)
INTRODUCTIONS ARE among our most significant social exchanges in which we take part. In a few words we tell who we are and learn to whom we are speaking. Consider the following exchange: "I'm Joel. I work at the bank, and this is my wife Cynthia."...
Are You Contributing to Your Spiritual Security? as the U.S. Population Ages, Seniors Work to Cultivate a Sense of Value That Flows from a Renewed Spiritual Life
Imagine a parish hall meeting of elders with Anna, Simeon, Abraham, and Sarah. They sit in creaking folding chairs. Their white hair crinkles around lined faces. Some are almost blind. They are just four among many in the Bible who did powerful things...
Brother Elected, Barred as Leader. (News: Signs of the Times)
When members of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin order, which covers several Midwestern states, elected Brother Robert Smith by a substantial margin on the first ballot to lead the province last June, they looked forward to serving under...
Catholics Should Hang out with Poor People; It's Not Enough to Write a Few Checks to Charity. If Christians Take Their Faith Seriously, They Must Spend Actual Face-to-Face Time with People Who Are Poor. It Took Sister Helen Prejean a While to Realize This, but Now She Believes It's as Essential as Going to Mass. (Sounding Board)
I WAS 40 YEARS OLD BEFORE I realized the connection between the Jesus who said, "I was hungry and you gave me to eat," and the real-life experience of being with actual people who were hungry. Before that, when I read "I was hungry and you gave me...
Change Begins with Each of Us. (Letters: You May Be Right)
IN HER EXAMINED LIFE COLUMN ("POWER PLAYS," JULY), Heidi Schlumpf was livid at the scandalous events in our church (what active Catholic isn't?), but it seems to be the lack of feminist influence in the church that causes her the most outrage. She...
Don't Be a Dilbert: The Workplace, According to Dilbert, Is Hell. Might a Spirituality of Work Help?
Let's get this straight up front: I think Scott Adams' comic strip Dilbert is very funny, and I read it every morning (right after I check out Doonesbury--I am, after all, a baby boomer). So it's not that I don't "get it" or haven't got a sense...
Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q: The reason I don't have much personal contact with poor people is ... An overly busy schedule. Bob Ulicki Cupertino, Calif. Weariness. Poor people are hard to deal with, they are just so needy. Phil Little Toronto, Canada I get caught...
How Is the Church Infallible? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
The Second Vatican Council, in its Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, openly asserted that the church has experienced a discrepancy "between the message she proclaims and the human weakness of those to whom the gospel has been...
How to Be Great Grandparents: The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting Today
Our granddaughter Emma is only 5, but she has changed our world. In some ways grandparenting has echoed our experience of parenting. When Emma was five months old, I took two months off from work to go take care of her while my daughter-in-law earned...
Like Talking to a Wall. (Letters: You May Be Right)
U.S. CATHOLIC's treatment of the sex abuse scandal in its June issue was the best I have seen on this subject--penetrating, insightful, no holds barred, yet hopeful, remedial, etc. I can't say enough. I e-mailed my own bishop a sincere request that...
Love Is Patient; to Care for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease, You Need One of Three Things: Love, Faith, or Duty. It Works Best If You Have All Three
When I brought her the valentine, she smiled, but I knew the card was more for me than her. She didn't really know what it said. I read the message aloud, and she smiled again. I had to be satisfied with that. My wife is one of America's 4 million...
My Alternative Parents' Weekend: A College Student and Her Parents Find That an Afternoon at the Local Homeless Meal Program Brings Them Closer Than Any Shopping Trip, Fancy Dinner, or Football Game Ever Could
It was their last college Parents' Weekend, as I, the youngest of their three daughters, was graduating from Loyola College in Baltimore in the spring. My parents were Parents' Weekend veterans and had perfected a standard routine that revolved around...
One Great Life of Reilly. (Editors' Note)
Magazines such as U.S. CATHOLIC stand or fall on the quality of their authors--most of whom, in our case, are freelancers. Although our staff does write portions of the magazine, freelancers have contributed the lion's share of our articles for decades....
One World, under God. (Odds & Ends)
Back in the Dark Ages, prior to June 14, 1954, I remember dutifully reciting the old Pledge of Allegiance without the words "under God" after morning prayers each school day. When I returned to St. Cajetan's Grammar School on the southwest side...
Singled Out: When Parishes Just Focus on the Family, Singles Get Lost in the Shuffle. (the Examined Life)
IT WAS MY FIRST SUNDAY IN A NEW CITY, 3,000 MILES away from what had been home for 20 years. I walked up to the door of a church that had been recommended to me, and a kind man greeted me. "I'm new in town," I said, "and I'm looking for a new church...
Spirituality Cafe
QUOTE: "From silly devotions and sullen saints, deliver me, O Lord." (Saint Teresa of Avila, quoted in Praying with the Saints, by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker; Loyola, 2001) "INTEGRITY includes but goes beyond honesty. Honesty is telling the truth--in...
Sukkot Show and Tell
At first glance, the handful of haphazard wooden structures erected outside Resurrection High School in Chicago looks like a half-finished homework assignment from an Introduction to Woodworking class. But this project is meant to teach about something...
Two Thumbs Up for Social Justice: Patrick McCormick Picks His Four All-Time Favorite Films That Call for a More Just World. (Culture in Context)
THIS YEAR RERUM NOVARUM TURNS 111, AND BECAUSE Rome has not issued any new social encyclical on this odd anniversary of Catholic social thought, I'm offering a short list of my favorite social justice movies. After all, reading the church's official...
We've Got a Winner Here; Loved and Hated Equally, Bingo Is a Mainstay of Catholicism. (Practicing Catholic)
IT COMES AS A TRIUMPHANT SHOUT, A RISING CRY, arms outstretched, hands aloft. Or maybe it's a quavering, questioning stammer, doubting even as it proclaims the victory. Whether it comes from a gravelly voiced grandma, a gruff construction worker, a...
Your Share of Corporate Responsibility: Corporations Made a Bad Account of Themselves Long before the Books Were Cooked. (Margin Notes)
MORE THAN $8 TRILLION IN THE WEALTH OF the nation has evaporated in an ongoing economic "adjustment" that began with the bursting of the Internet bubble in March 2000. That process accelerated after revelations that executives entrusted with the responsibility...