U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 9, September

A 10-Year Rule?
Terms of office, even in the church, change. Paul VI introduced the retirement age of 75 for all bishops except himself, the bishop of Rome. He served in that capacity, also known as pope, until his death on Aug. 6, 1978, just a few months shy of his...
Don't Quit Your Day Job: A Sixth-Century Saint Can Teach You a Thing or Two about Work in the 21st Century
TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHEN I'M ABLE TO TELL anybody who asks--and a few who don t--that I have 1,373 days left until my early retirement. I'm not just guessing either; I took the trouble to do the math. There are numerous books about spirituality...
Faith Healing: The Unexpected Spiritual Journey of Illness
When the doctor told Mary Fierro two years ago that she had breast cancer, she was waiting for it. Three of her nine sisters had the disease. She was scared, but she'd been expecting it. Her body wasn't ready, but her heart was prepared. She cried...
Get a Life: Work Life Conflicts Corrode Our Soul. Isn't There "Something More?"
In my first 20 years of motherhood, I tried every trick in the book. I worked full time as an English professor. I was home full time as the flummoxed mother of twin newborns and a child barely 2 years old. Later, as a writer and editor, I tried every...
Get Your Apse out of My Narthex! A "Churchspeak for Dummies" Guide to Fatten Your Chances of Getting Past the Pearly Gates
Let's be serious for a moment. We all want to go to heaven, right? Well, looking at how we're doing in terms of practicing virtue and avoiding sin and stuff, the prospects strike me as a little iffy. You may be banking on the sure-fire novena or the...
Happy Anniversary
My family celebrates three special anniversaries each year--each one just as significant as birthdays or wedding dates. My dad rejoices every October 25, this year for the 19th time. My mom welcomed her 9th anniversary on January 30. And now my brother...
Have We Come a Long Way, Baby? Catholic Women Today Lead Chancellor's Offices, Finance Committees, and Even Parishes. but Has Women's Status in the Church Really Changed? U.S. Catholic Readers Continually Ask for More Articles about Women in the Church. We Turned the Tables and Asked What They Think
Kids ask the darndest questions. One day Kitty Gunty's 11-year-old daughter hit her with a really tough one: "Mommy, what if I wanted to be a priest one day?" Kitty took a deep breath and gave her the bad news. "Honey, I am sorry, but because you are...
My Guardian Dear: A Personal Cherub, Ever This Day, at Your Side? How Else Do You Explain Those Close Calls?
NO ONE LIKES TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. I SUPPOSE even pure spirits bristle at neglect. That's why I've spent a lot of time these past few years apologizing to my guardian angel. Many adult Catholics dismiss the presence of these protectors as harmless...
Passport to a Global Church: Playing Tourist Can Lead to Some Unexpected Discoveries. from Gracious Architecture to a Wide Worldview, Let's Bring a Little Bit of Vacation Back to Our Communities and Our Church
LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS, MY FAMILY played tourist this summer, spending a few glorious weeks in Florence and Tuscany. And like the legions of other visitors to the birthplace of the Renaissance, we came in search of Michelangelo's David, Brunelleschi's...
Speaking the Unspeakable
TWICE SHE TRIED TO GET UP. TWICE SHE FELL. MANY people would have just laid down and died--literally. She had been kidnapped. She had been brutally raped. She had been shot three times in the back--one bullet exited through her chest, barely missing...
There's No Poverty of Faith in Appalachia
In years gone by, most of what the folks in Lewis County knew about Catholics was the story of the healing waters of Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at Escalupia Springs. For a moment history these springs brought travelers from faraway places to this...
The Smalling of America: Height Gap with Europe Measures U.S. Shortfall on Social Justice
"LET'S GET SMALL," WAS A WONDERFULLY GOOFY Steve-Martinism of the past, mocking the '60s drug culture while opening new vistas of ironic irreverence to homeroom comedians everywhere. Martin was just trying to be funny, but it turns out that Americans...
The Surprisingly Catholic Martin Luther: An Interview with Martin E. Marty
When he was in seminary Martin E. Marty and his classmates used to play a game: If your denomination were removed from the earth, what would you be? Marty always said Mennonite and Catholic. "Mennonites because they take seriously the disciplined life...
The Ties That Blind: Even If Your Family Drives You Crazy, You May Find It Hard to Hate Them. Alice Camille Explains What Jesus' Confounding Commandment Really Means
EVERY TIME WE HEAR THE PHRASE READ IN CHURCH, it rankles. Jesus is traveling to Jerusalem with a large crowd on his heels, and he turns to them and says, "If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,...