U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 7, July

A Prayer You Can Count On
I put my arms around her as the doctors began to work on her husband's near-lifeless body. He had suffered a heart attack while we had been idly talking after Mass. Now we were watching her companion and love of 30 years fighting for his life. I could...
Are You Booked This Summer?
Like classroom May altars loaded with lilacs and graduation ribbons worn by eighth-graders, she appeared close to the end of every school year at St. Cajetan's grammar school. Her gray hair was pulled back into a bun, which held a well-sharpened,...
Has Mass Lost Its Appeal?
Generalizations about U.S. catholic parishes, and what goes on in them, are awfully risky. After all, there are almost 20,000 of them, and even anecdotal evidence seems to indicate that there are apples, oranges, kumquats, and perhaps lemons among...
Is Rome Ready for the 21st Century?
When Thomas Reese decided to write a book about how the Vatican works, he went to Rome and started knocking on doors. What, he found were people who actually wanted to talk about their jobs. More important, he also got a perspective on the challenges...
Parishes Come with the Territory: Parishes Are More Catholic When Membership Is Based on Territory Rather Than Ideology
Msgr. Philip Murnion says parishes are more catholic when membership is based on territory rather than ideology. When it comes to parish affiliation, don't vote with your feet; bloom where you're planted. In the late 1960s and early `70s, as the flood...
Putting All the Pieces Together: How the Church Responds to Welfare Reform
Cutting people off the welfare rolls is the easy part, but Catholic parishes and carries are struggling to help people put together the different pieces of the puzzle so they can lift themselves out of poverty. For Donna M., a single mom in Montgomery,...
Questioning Mark
A few years ago I made a New Year's resolution, to read the entire New Testament in Greek. After many months, my progress continued to be slow. I made it through the Gospel of Mark and six or so chapters of the Gospel of John. Mark was my first choice...
Sacraments Shouldn't Be the Outward Signs of a Power Trip
Picture the lives of today's catholics in contrast to the lives of our ancestors a hundred years ago, or of even the older generation who grew up during the Second World War. Unlike our parents, most of us attend college. We must choose among universities...
This Is a Tab the U.S. Should Pick Up
In the beatitudes, Jesus says: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." If Americans want to be included in that particular brood, we may have to act fast. After nearly two decades of war-making by proxy in Central...
When Private Lives Happen to Public People
The nation is wasting an inordinate amount of time, money, and energy on Monicagate and other alleged dalliances. Concerned that Americans are being distracted from the real business of politics, culture columnist Patrick McCormick says people might...
Who Says the Church Can't Change? (Even When It Comes to Women)
The history of the church has always been one of continuing development in belief and practice. The Catholic Church is not an unchanging monolith--not even in its teachings on women. In recent decades, the church's view on the role of women in family...
Will History Judge Pius XII a Protector of Jews?
Although Pope Pius XII (1876-1958) left a considerable pastoral and theological legacy--one that many think laid significant groundwork for the Second Vatican Council--his place in history has been colored by the controversy over whether he could...