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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 7, July

A Taxing Problem: In a System That Increasingly Favors the Wealthy, Catholic Teaching Calls upon the Government to Step in and Level the Playing Field
Growing up in Clinton, Iowa, Stephen Schneck remembers conversations around the kitchen table that often turned to the pressing political issues of the day--poverty, abortion, and the environment, among others. It was there that Schneck first learned...
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Clothes Don't Make the Mass: The Fashion Police Should Check Their Badges at the Church Door
It's Sunday morning and once again I'm standing in front of my closet with wet hair and no make-up while my son runs in circles around my legs. Rows of skirts and dresses hang invitingly, but like most mothers of young children, I have to bend over...
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CSI: Jerusalem: Why Does the City of David Get Blamed for Killing God's Prophetic Messengers?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Prophets are honored everywhere but home. That's the official saying, not only in the Bible but in other ancient literature as well. It's easy to view a celebrity stranger with admiration and awe--but talk to his wife, her...
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Headed Home: After Life on the Street, There's Nothing like Sitting Down Again at Your Own Kitchen Table
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I never in my life thought that at age 50 I'd be homeless, not in a million years," says Pam Gorro, looking back now on the series of events that left her living on the streets. Working as a full-time in-home caregiver on...
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Marley: The Original Soundtrack
MARLEY: THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Bob Marley and the Wailers (Tuff Gong, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bob Marley, who took reggae music from Jamaica to the world, is one of the pop culture saints of our age--on par with Elvis, Che Guevara, Malcolm...
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My Friend the Abuser
A death in the family is often an occasion of mixed emotions--sadness and gratitude, maybe even a little regret. I felt all that and more when I heard of the death of my former bishop, Anthony J. O'Connell, the first bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville,...
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My Prison Education: Even When Bodies Are Locked Up Behind Bars, Minds Can Still Breathe Free
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One day a friend had called me, inviting me for lunch. Without thinking I said to her: "I can't go today because I am in prison." ]here was a long silence at the other end of the line. I had been assigned to teach psychology...
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Nobody's Home
I admit to being pretty apprehensive before my first visit to a homeless shelter. I was a young reporter in New Jersey, assigned to write a story on the local scope of homelessness, and my first stop was a men's shelter run by Catholic Charities in...
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One on One
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We pull west into our driveway, the waning sunset silhouetting the basketball hoop on this unseasonably warm day. The daughter says, "Stay here, Mom, we're going to have some fun." She leaps out of the car and bounds up the...
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Poor Spending Choices
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thanks to Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, somewhat arcane Catholic concepts like subsidiarity and solidarity are enjoying rare media celebrity as TV news anchors and Catholic-challenged journalists try to make sense out...
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Social Justice: Why Are Some Faithful Tarnishing the Good Name of This Essential Catholic Value?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The do-gooders at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania didn't alarm anyone initially. They formed a social justice committee in 2009, figuring they would help the poor, mostly those in their own rural...
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The Way to Go
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Those who practice Zen refer to sitting in meditation as zazen. The Japanese word means "just sitting." They do nothing else except sit and wait. Shedding the unnecessary. Allowing the world to reorder itself into its simplest...
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What Is the Liturgy of the Hours?
The Liturgy of the Hours is a small but bulky and intimidating-looking red-bound prayer book with lots of confusing multicolored ribbons. It is that, but of course it's much more. Also known as the Divine Office, the Hours are comprised of a four-week...
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Zombie Economics: The Harrowing and Hungry Living Dead Serve as Stand-Ins for the Unspoken Fears of an Uncertain Generation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Unless you've been in a crypt for the past decade, you have noticed the return of the zombies. Rising from their graves in George Romero's 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, armies of zombies ruled Hollywood horror...
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