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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 5, May

6 Ways to Be a Conscientious Catholic Consumer: Tom Beaudoin Looks at Our "Branded" Economy and Says It's Time to Integrate Who We Are with What We Buy
"I'm gonna have to check on that" Lite jazz, then "Mail room, this is Jimmy." "Um," I stalled, conjuring his face from the Midwestern twang of his greeting. He had a mullet and cranked the Allman Brothers and was one of the few people on earth to whom...
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A Tale of Two Cities: The Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation Offer Two Distinct Visions of the City of God. Where Do You Want to Live?
EVER PLAY PING-PONG? I haven't picked up a paddle since I was 12, but I had a Ping-Pong flashback recently while sitting at my desk. Flipping through the Sunday readings for the Easter season, I began to recollect the familiar back-and-forth rhythm...
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By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them: Can Catholics Make a Difference for Justice in the Business World?
In the dining room of a Guatemala City guest house, a group of Americans is clustered around a big map of Guatemala. They are watching an animated representative from the union syndicate Unsitragua jabbing his right forefinger at points along the country's...
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Flowers of the Fairest: She Wasn't Looking for a Devotion to Mary, but the Blessed Mother Found Her Anyway
WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I WERE GETTING MARRIED, we spent most of our time planning the liturgy. We ere both working in ministry, and we attempted draw out as much rich symbolism in the celebration as possible. One traditional piece of the ceremony, however,...
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Has Business Been Good?
Too often within Catholic circles, Georges Enderle believes, the understanding of ethics is limited to sexual ethics. And too often within the U.S. business world, the understanding of ethics is limited to obeying the law while pursuing maximum profits....
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It's the Shoes!
The world of business ethics is not as far away as one might think. Any morn bumps up against it every time she picks out new gym shoes for her kids. Mary Lynn Hendrickson, former associate editor of U.S. CATHOLIC magazine and now editor of U.S. CATHOLIC'S...
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Juvenile Justice: How the Youth Correctional System Hurts the Very People It's Supposed to Help
Joseph Rodriguez hovered at the edge of a roof contemplating suicide when he was a teenager incarcerated at the notorious New York City lockup, Rikers Island. Remarkably, at that very moment, be says, "They called my name. I was going home. I was quite...
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New Catholic Immigrants
It's not found in most dictionaries. Yet it has become a household word in the developing campaign rhetoric as we make our way toward another national election. Outsourcing. This word is used to indicate the movement of jobs to other countries....
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Outsourcing Around: A New Round of Job Losses Reaches White-Collar Workers. Could Whiny Columnists Be Next?
MOST OF US HAVE ALREADY HAD THE EXPERIENCE once or twice: Dialing a tech support number for our latest gadget or cellular provider delivers us into a fiber optic wonderland where we could be chatting with a service rep just as likely to be seated at...
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Pardon My Skepticism: In Their Rush to Move on, the Bishops Seem to Be Counting on Our Short Memories
"LET ME CLARIFY THIS," THE YOUNG CATHOLIC BUSInesswoman said. "We are to trust the accuracy of data provided by the very group of people who had to commission this study because they had not been trustworthy in the first place. Is this correct?" ...
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Pomp & Remembrance: Marathon Graduation Ceremonies Give Parents Time for the Flood of Memories of the Milestones and Grace That Paved the Way
They sit for hours through mind-numbing speeches, in bone-chilling cold or skin-searing heat. They listen through hundreds of names for one name and upon hearing it, burst alive for one glorious second. Normally dignified people, they cheer in many...
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Put Laypeople in the Pulpit! We All Have Different Gifts-And Some Laypeople Have the Gift of Preaching. Liturgist David Philippart Argues That Laypeople Should Be Allowed to Give the Homily at Mass, as They Did in the First Centuries of Christianity
IN A PARISH WITHOUT A RESIDENT PRIEST, A RELIGIOUS sister is the ecclesial lay minister. And she is well-suited for the position. She has a master of divinity degree (the same degree that priests earn before ordination) as well as years of experience....
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Repaint, for the Kingdom of God Is at Hand: We're All in Need of Conversion, but the Current Crop of Reality Makeover Shows Misses the Boat by Focusing on the outside Rather Than the Inside
ABC-TV GAVE ITSELF A MAJOR RATINGS FACELIFT A few years back by asking America Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Now the Disney-owned network is looking to brighten its fiscal smile with a Cinderella show that asks plain Janes and ordinary Joes "Who Wants...
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She Has a Dream
THE WAY ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR JACQUELINE COLlins sees it, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sent her out of the Catholic Church, and King brought her back home. Born in McComb, Mississippi in the era of segregation, Collins grew up idolizing King....
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What Do I Tell People Who Ask If I've Been Saved?
When a visitor to a small town asks an old-timer if he lived in the town his whole life, the man's response is, "Not yet". The visitor is posing a question that supposedly can be answered in terms of what has already happened. But the old-timer hears...
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