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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 4, April

Behind "Enemy" Lines
I have a confession to make: I once worked for Crisis magazine. Yes, I, a left-of-center, social-justice, feminist Catholic, once proofread for arguably the most conservative Catholic magazine out there. Let me explain: I once took a college class...
Can Young Children Be Confirmed?
A concerned fifth-grade teacher approaches the director of religious education: "I have a student who claims she was already confirmed, but that can't be true, can it?" After hearing the explanation that the student was most likely baptized and confirmed...
Confessions of a Hypocritical Christian: The Cock Has Crowed Many a Time in Michael Daley's Life, and He's Not Denying It
Lately I've been afraid to call myself Christian. Why? Because when I'm honest with myself, I am forced to admit that I am such a lousy one. When I hear Jesus say, "Come, follow me," I am all too willing to offer a litany of excuses: You don't expect...
Don't Shop till They Drop: Can Anyone Live with Dignity on Pennies an Hour Abroad or Even $7.25 an Hour Here? Catholics Should Support a Living Wage for All-At the Ballot Box and at the Shopping Mall
I DON'T SHOP AT WAL-MART. I DON'T WEAR NIKE SNEAKERS OR any product with a Nike swoosh. I avoid buying anything made in China. Until fairly late in life, I didn't really care where things came from. I didn't examine labels to see where clothing...
Feedback
The reason I am for or against the living wage is ... When honest, hard-working people do not make a decent wage, they often take on additonal jobs, and this is deleterious to their health and family relationships. Tish Petricca Schaumburg...
Knock It Off: The Editors Interview Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I
They say it's lonely at the top, but it's also lonely in the middle. That's where Oblate Father Ronald Rolheiser often finds himself, trying to negotiate a peace between liberals and conservatives in the church. Whether as president of a seminary,...
Letters from Iwo Jima
Directed by Clint Eastwood (Dreamworks/Warner Brothers, 2006) War movies serve as recruitment posters when they recount heroic tales of our brave boys in combat. Or they give voice to our howling grief at war's insanity when they show the battle...
Nashville
Solomon Burke (Shout Factory, 2006) In the 1960s Solomon Burke emerged as one of the greatest male rhythm and blues vocalists of the decade--and that's when Otis Redding was still alive. Unlike Redding, Burke survived those years and ever since...
Ode to St. O
O those of us, now growing older, who grew up in Catholic schools staffed by sisters and remember their stories. Some were nonsense, of course, or Nun-sense, as Dan Goggin titled his musical about nuns. But others were gospel truth. Among them were...
One, Holy, Catholic, and Accessible: If "Here Comes Everybody" Is Truly to Be Our Catholic Tagline, We Must Make Every Effort to Make a Place for Every Person
IT ISN'T OFTEN THAT A CHANGE IN RECOMMENDED MEDICAL tests makes headlines, but a recent encouragement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that the embryos of pregnant women, regardless of a woman's age, be screened for Down's...
Paid in Full: We Might Think We're Given a Life Sentence for Our Sins, but as Two Religious Movies Show, Jesus Always Manages to Come through and Bail Us Out
A TEASTER WE CELEBRATE the central mystery of our Christian faith--that Christ is our Redeemer. But what does it mean to call Christ our Redeemer, and what is the nature of this redemption? Originally a redeemer was one who purchased a slave's freedom,...
Society Man
"ARRUPE HOUSE," SAID THE YOUNG MAN answering the phone. "Oh sorry," I responded, thinking I had dialed the wrong number. "I wanted the, um, Jesuit novitiate? "Yeah," he said, and I could almost hear him rolling his eyes. "That's us. Arrupe House."...
Stay with Me: By Grieving with the Blessed Mother, We Comfort All Mothers Who Mourn
IN MY HOMETOWN OF SAN JOSE DE GRACIA IN JALISCO, Mexico, church celebrations marked the pace of our lives. Though liturgical reform took time to arrive, the practices of popular Catholicism kept our faith alive and active. These celebrations belonged...
Stood Up at the Altar: It's the Church That's Feeling Jilted These Days, as Fewer Couples Are Going to the Chapel to Get Married. Perhaps We Should Be Looking in the Mirror When Wondering Why
Will your children get married in the Catholic Church? "It depends." That was the surprising answer from my 31-year-old son, Brian, who goes to Mass most Sundays and periodically plays guitar at liturgies. As a veteran family life minister, I had...
The Center Can Hold: Though Its Imagery Can Be Both Vivid and Disturbing, the Book of Revelation Actually Paints a Comforting Picture of an Ever-Present God
LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY! IN THE IMAGINATION of children, at least, these may be the scariest possibilities lurking out in the shadows. But in biblical terms the things that go bump in the nightmare realm of Judgment Day are far stranger....
Ushers Rule: These Folks Are Champions of the Collection Basket, Protectors of the Pews, and No One-Not Even a Priest-Can Get in Their Way
Just like clockwork, right when the water hits my hands, the smell of burning tobacco floats into the sanctuary and wafts past my nostrils like the sinuous wisps of Pepe Le Pew's calling card. "O Lord, wash away my iniquity," I intone quietly, my nose...
Weapons of Lasting Destruction: The Disfiguring Effects of the Current War Will Be Seen Long after the Smoke Has Cleared
DEMINING SPECIALISTS ARE FANNING OUT ACROSS southern Lebanon, engaged in the dangerous work of locating and destroying thousands of unexploded "bomblets" left behind by Israeli bombing raids during the recent war with Hezbollah. In Iraq and Serbia,...