U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 11, November

And Lead Us Not into Temptation
As heirs to the effects of original sin, we need better safeguards against the evil of torture. BACK IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MY CLASSMATES AND I were regularly instructed by the nuns to avoid what were called occasions of sin. For the good of our souls...
An International Prayer for Peace
Religion is often seen as a cause of conflict around the world, but religious leaders can also be strong promoters of peace--especially when gathered 1,000 strong at the United Nations. The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders...
Bread-and-Butter Prayer
Saying grace reminds Catholics that we are all one family, crowded around a common table. NOVEMBER BRINGS FAVORITE MEMORIES OF Thanksgivings past, one of my happiest being the way generation after generation of Hendricksons ringed my grandmother's...
Catholic Tastes
LAST SUPPERS In what critics have called a "morbid peep show," the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has posted on the Internet a long list of minutiae related to its execution of death-row inmates. The site shows the actual execution recordings...
Friends in High Places
Whether it's Saint Teresa, Mother Teresa, or dear Aunt Teresa who died 15 years ago, U.S. CATHOLIC readers make a habit of looking to heavenly helpers for inspiration. WHILE U.S. CITIZENS ARE trying to decide between George W. Bush or Al Gore, U.S....
Getting to the Root of a Political Evil
Is the high price of political campaigns hurting democracy in America? AFTER HEARING ABOUT THE VERITABLE FLOOD OF corporate cash funneled into presidential campaign coffers and soft money reservoirs, you may have questions about whose interests...
It's Fun to Be Catholic
In its best moments Catholicism is the happiest of the major world religions. It is permeated by the reverent joy of Christmas night, the exultant joy of Easter morn, the gentle joy of First Communion, the satisfied joy of grammar school graduation,...
Letters
Love thy gay neighbor I WHOLEHEARTEDLY COMMEND TOM MCGRATH FOR HIS thought-provoking The Examined Life ("We can be better than bitter," September). I believe the Catholic Church is only hurting itself as it continues to refuse to accept gays and...
Lives of the Saints
Saints come in unexpected people and places. This one-act play affirms that if you're looking for the holy, be sure to check down in the church basement. David Ives has an ear for language and how the words we use reveal so much more than we're...
Long Live the King
Pilate asked Jesus what kind of ruler he was. The answer shows us what the feast of Christ the King means. "HOMEWORK IS like a dungeon, dark and deep." This observation from my 5-year-old niece, accompanied by an oceanic sigh, would have provoked...
Once Is Not Enough
Feeling guilty over all the new books you don't have time to read? Bishop Robert Morneau makes a plea for quality over quantity and sketches out a defense for rereading great books. I like rereading books, too. I don't trust folks who don't...
One Catholic, One Vote?
Want to vote in this election? Every fourth year, coinciding with Leap Year, this nation has the opportunity to trot off to the polls to elect a president. Less than half of all people eligible to vote now do so. And those of us who do vote are casting...
Soul-Searching
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW THOMAS MOORE "You are always going to do the work of a priest," a coworker at a chemical lab told Thomas Moore some 30 years ago, after the former altar boy had mentioned to the chemist that he had spent 12 years in the seminary...
Spirituality Cafe
IN THIS SEASON Thanksgiving provides the opportunity to dip into Brennan Manning's new book, Ruthless Trust (HarperSanFrancisco, 2000), to savor a few thoughts on gratitude, including this one: "G. K. Chesterton once remarked that the worst moment...
The Church Is Not a Building
Last Sunday we were seated in a corner of the local pancake house. Somehow that morning, miraculously, we had made it to the early service--although not quite on time--taken a little bike ride, and were now looking forward to a hearty early brunch...
This Bookmarker Figures the Odds
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW MICHAEL LEACH Chances are, if you're a reader of Catholic books, you've read a book that began its life with Michael Leach. As an editor and publisher of religious books since beginning at Seabury Press in 1969, Leach has worked...
We've Looked at Popes from Both Sides Now
Have a spate of recent books on the papacy been robbing Peter to pay for publicity? Or do they chronicle the development of a modern style of church leadership? MARTIN LUTHER, WHO HAD HIS OWN STRUGGLES with the papacy, believed that all Christians...
Who Moved My Tabernacle?
The ruckus over renovation: How parishes wrestle with revitalizing their church buildings. There are many issues about which Catholics disagree these days--birth control, divorce and remarriage, sex education in schools, the ordination of women,...
Why Bother to Go to Mass Every Week?
The comedian George Carlin remembers an activity from his parochial school days called "Heavy Mystery Time." A parish priest would come to class and invite the kids to ask any question they wished. Typical topics: "Can God make a rock so large that...