U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 2, February

Are You a Social Sinner? an Interview with Father Bryan Massingale
Bryan Massingale recalls a particularly memorable trip to the grocery store with his grandmother when he was growing up in Milwaukee. They were stopped in a traffic jam caused by protesters clogging the streets. When Bryan asked what was up, his grandmother...
Birds Do It, Bees Do It ...: Infamous Researcher Alfred C. Kinsey Gave Us Lots of Sexual Information, but 50 Years Later Americans Are Still Woefully Ignorant about Sex and Love
IF THE BLUE STATES GET THEIR REVENGE AT THE OSCAR Bill Condon's Kinsey should beat out Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, provoking a host of red state sermons about the godless Sodom known as Hollywood If Gibson's film brings home more gold,...
Get Hungry for Lent: Lent's Fasting, Prayer, and Almsgiving Ought to Open Our Eyes to What's Happening in the World around Us. Maybe It's Time to "Give Up" a Little More Than Chocolate
We Catholics who live in the United States may be coming to this Ash Wednesday 2005 a little grimmer than we were last year, and rightly so. We who think it worth a few moments to have our heads smeared with a bit of ash are likely to be people who...
I Will Raise You Up: Whatever the Theological, Spiritual, Medical, or Psychological Reality, Stories of Near-Death Experiences Provide Comfort to Those Who Need It Most
Sam was a big, gentle bear of a man. Fourteen years ago he towered above me as we walked the neighborhood around Georgetown University, I a 5-foot-2 female 30 years his senior, scrambling to keep up with his 6 feet 2 as he loped along. Intent as he...
Meeting Mr. Right: Though Many Think of Her as a Woman with a Past, the Woman at the Well, like Many of Her New Testament Sisters, Had a Future of Leadership among Jesus' Followers
REMBRANDT PAINTED HER AT LEAST A DOZEN times. Goethe was sufficiently impressed by her to include her at the end of Faust as one of three holy women sent to rescue Faust's endangered soul. Mahler was inspired to feature her in the second movement of...
Still Much to Overcome: African American History Month Is a Good Reminder to Keep Our Eyes on the Prize
CARTER WOODSON'S LIFE READS LIKE A MADE-TO-ORDER American success story: taught to read by family members, he worked as a coal miner in West Virginia, graduated from Berea College in Kentucky in 1903, and in his spare time learned Romance languages...
The Birth of Hope
Once a month the staff of U.S. CATHOLIC meets to hash out titles and art for the stories in the next issue. Because most of our work is solitary in nature--reading, writing, editing, proofing, and designing--this meeting is a bright spot on the calendar,...
The Crux of the Matter: The Crucifix in My Living Room Reminds Me That God, Too, Has Known Agonizing Pain
I HAVEN'T ALWAYS HAD A PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH the crucifix. This is somewhat surprising considering that, like many of us, I've spent quite a lot of time with crucifixes over the years. As a child I sat for hours in various Catholic school classrooms,...
The God Gene
VMAT2. Is this some secret formula akin to the secrets of The DaVinci Code? Might this be the latest vanity license plate? Or is this a new entry ramp to the information highway? Perhaps it is someone's access code to one of the many anonymous Swiss...
The Other Half of the Story: Men and Abortion
"The clinic was a very cold place. We spoke to a counselor who asked us if we felt that we knew what we were doing. They told me it would be better if I left and came back to pick her up later. So I went out to get some air. I found out later that...
Unions Shouldn't Be D.O.A. at Catholic Hospitals: Catholic Health-Care Systems and Other Employers Have Let Themselves Be Drawn into All-Out Opposition to Unionizing Efforts at Their Institutions. in the Process, a Catholic Lawyer Says, They Have Betrayed Catholic Teaching
THAT HOSPITAL in town calling itself Catholic--you know, the one named St. Joe's or Holy Innocents or Our Lady of Mercy--is it really Catholic? How do you determine if it's truly in tune with the Catholic Church? In recent years much attention has...
Were Women Ever Ordained Catholic Priests?
Scholars have pondered this question, but the issue is more than just academic. Proof of the existence of ordained women priests would have enormous implications for the question of women's ordination today. Thus, the issue is fraught with politics...
We Should Be on a Mission from God: Jesus Doesn't Call Us to Seek Refuge from the World but to Engage and Transform It
IF YOU OFFER WIDGETS FOR SALE, YOU ARE GOING TO attract mostly widget buyers. The better your widgets the more customers you will have. This obvious marketing truth can also be applied to the church. One of our most prevalent and successful recruitment...
West Meets East: Ever Wonder Why We Use the Term "Roman" Catholic? It's Because There Are 22 Other Catholic Churches
Father Hugo Soutus chants the Sunday liturgy with his back to the congregation. His sons assist him at the altar while his wife and daughter sing in the choir. In 1994, shortly after becoming pastor at a Phoenix parish, he did away with eucharistic...