U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 4, April

Both Ends against the Middle: Authors George Weigel and Peter Steinfels May Share Little Common Ground on the Issues, but Perhaps Together They Can Offer Hope for the Future of the Church
Last summer two high-level meetings were held between groups of prominent lay Catholics and a small number of bishops to discuss the future of the church in the aftermath of the clerical sexual-abuse scandal. Why two? After the first meeting, held...
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Diet for a Not-So-Small Planet: America's Latest Cultural Export-Obesity?
AMERICA IS TRYING TO PUT THE WORLD ON A DIET. TROUBLE is, it's one that will likely project our bad eating habits even further around the world. U.S. fast-food mega-corporations already span the globe. They're part of the reason nutritionists at the...
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Dying of Consumption: Four New Books Examine the Dangers of Consumerism and Show How Americans Are Getting Less from Our "Buy More" Culture
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TOOK OFFENSE at President Bush's suggestion that we respond to 9/11 by going to the mall. Regardless of our shopping habits, most Americans don't believe consumption is a virtue, and very few of us in those horrific days and weeks...
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For You: To Holy Week We Bring All the World's Sorrow and Suffering as Well as Our Own, and We Know That It Is Only in the Resurrection That Hope for Healing Abides
THEY CALLED it Sunday school. But in reality it was no more than day-care for rowdy 5-year-olds. As a teenager, I allowed myself to be talked into managing a summer program on Sunday mornings for the kindergarten crowd, but from the beginning I could...
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Give While It Hurts
Two years ago a friend who works for a well-known Catholic charity was my partner in a (for the most part) depressing conversation about the then-detonating clergy sexual-abuse crisis. After we finished discussing our mutual shock and disappointment...
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Inspiration from the Page: An Interview with Paul Elie
When curled up with a good book, we may not even realize that reading can be a part of our spiritual growth. Often only in retrospect or in dialogue with ethers do we come to recognize the influential role certain books have in our lives. Author...
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Pastors Object to Language on Gays
As Catholic pastors we have become increasingly disturbed by the tone and, in some cases, content of documents and statements flora the Vatican, bishops' conferences, and individual bishops on issues under the heading of 'homosexual' or 'gay/lesbian,'"...
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Road Trip: The Wayward Journey of Jack Kerouac
Those more familiar with Jack Kerouac's dissolute public life than with his literary output may be surprised to see him numbered among Catholic authors. But, like James Joyce, whom Kerouac admired and sometimes imitated, Kerouac's writing was remarkably...
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Should We Stand or Kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer?
Postures are full of meaning. Our postures are acts of prayer, prayers of the heart and body. What does it mean to stand or to kneel in prayer? People stand up for what they believe. We stand in the presence of dignitaries. We leap to our feet to...
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Stations of Life
In this excerpt from a contemporary Way of the Cross, a woman confronts her own death, a teacher is haunted by a student he shamed, and a mother defends her daughter. Catholics come to the Stations of the Cross every Lent hauling our own personal crosses...
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The Ninth Sacrament?
Parish life patterns were predictable once upon a time. All sorts of new faces turned up in the crowds on Christmas and Easter. All Souls Day, sometimes called "Black Christmas" by the clergy because of the collection's size, also brought throngs to...
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These Feet Are Made for Washing: On Holy Thursday, Jesus Gives His Most Important Lesson: To Serve and Be Served
I ALWAYS HATED MY FEET WHEN I WAS A KID. I HAVE MY father's long, skinny toes, and the little ones on the end are all scrunched up against each other. Growing up in Southern California, I used to insist on wearing little footies to the beach because...
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Too Young to Die: Our Children Are Playing Deadly Games with Guns. Why Do We Let Them?
THERE ARE TIMES I CAN BARELY KEEP FROM SCREAMING. And I'm not alone. Many of the teachers, parents, social workers, counselors, and ministers in my neighborhood want to scream the same thing: "Get the damn guns off the streets!" My city has come...
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Your Two Cents' Worth: A U.S. Catholic Survey on the Church and Money
Money talks. It is a language universally understood, and people use it to speak their minds. Giving it can spread ideas, further causes, and potentially ease the lives of others. Withholding it expresses dissatisfaction or frustration. A lack of funds...
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