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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 10, October

A Few Steps Closer to the Promised Land: The Church Needs to Reclaim a Leadership Role on Race in America
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was the summer of 1954, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court had troubled the waters of race in America with its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. A 35-year-old World War II combat veteran, a black man,...
All in Favor? There's More Democracy in the Church Than You Might Think
IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT WILL TURN YOU OFF DEMOCRACY, it has to be a U.S. presidential election. From obnoxious robo-calls to venomous attack ads to an inbox full of e-mails begging for just $25 more--it's enough to make one long for a benevolent dictatorship....
Do You Have Faith in Your Vote? Catholics Are Valued Voters for the Candidates Because They Take Their Faith and Their Role in Democracy Seriously. in a U.S. Catholic Survey, Though, Readers Reveal That Faith Can Lead Voters in Very Different Directions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH APPROXIMATELY 38 MILLION CATHOLIC voters in the United States, presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama know they need to respond to the values and expectations of this group. And the group needs to be taken...
Good Newsman: Tim Russert Did More Than Bring Us the News. the Host of Meet the Press Also Showed Us How to Take Our Jobs, Our Citizenship, and Our Faith Seriously
OF THE MANY DIVERSIONS TEMPTING ME to miss Sunday Mass, perhaps the greatest is the Sunday morning talk shows. As a self-confessed political junkie, I have been addicted to television news programs since before 24-hour coverage from Fox News and MSNBC....
Grapes of Wrath: Think God Is Impassively above It All? Don't Be Too Sure: As Scripture Tells It, God Has Feelings, Too
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HUM A FEW BARS OF THE VINEYARD SONG. WHAT, NOT sure you know it? It's probably not on your iPod, in your stack of CDs, or even stashed in your vinyl record collection. Chances are you won't catch it on your car radio. But...
Learn a New Language: Expressing Love to Your Children May Not Be a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor
WHEN IT COMES TO SNACKS, EACH OF MY children has different preferences. While none of them would turn down an offer of chips, ice cream, brownies, or strawberries, given a choice among the snacks each of the four would choose something different. ...
Lets Get Political: How Parishes Can Successfully Navigate This Election Year and Promote Faithful Citizenship
This year was a tough one for preachers. In March a video of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright suggesting that African Americans should sing "God Damn America" rather than "God Bless America" forced Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama to disown...
Let Your Guilty Conscience Be Your Guide: Catholics Have Picked the Winner of the Popular Vote for Nine Presidential Elections in a Row. Will They Do It Again in 2008?
The editors interview E. J. Dionne A few years ago, when Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne addressed the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington together with conservative commentator William Bennett, the panel's moderator noted...
Message in a Bottle: While Poor Nations Are Struggling with Scarce Water Supplies, Americans Are Spending Billions a Year on Something That Is Plentiful and Practically Free
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE YEARS BEFORE VATICAN II, BAPTISM WAS LARGELY A private affair. Parents and godparents gathered in the sacristy on a Saturday afternoon to witness the sprinkling of their newborn with half a cruet of holy water. Today...
Paper Chase: The Right Paperwork Can Save Lives among the World's Stateless People
AFTER A RECORD TURNOUT OF NEARLY 60 MILLION Americans marched through voting booths this primary season, poll watchers are expecting U.S. citizens to vote in historic numbers next month, determining in classic democratic fashion (assuming the Supreme...
Personal and Political
Two short years ago I went off to vote for the first time. After the incredibly close 2000 and 2004 elections, I was sure that my first visit to the polls would be a life-changing experience. As I elected representatives to speak for me in Congress...
Talking Points: The Presidential Candidates Make Their Case for the Catholic Vote
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A U.S. CATHOLIC interview with Sen. John McCain 1. How would you go about creating a culture of life in the United States, specifically with regard to the issues of abortion, stem cell research, and capital punishment?...
Tender Mercies: Suffering Meets Consolation in the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SORROWFUL PASSION ... It was 3 p.m. and it was time to say the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. I had a rosary in my hands and was counting out the litany in the midst of a small prayer group that I had been invited to join for the...
The Dark Knight
THE DARK KNIGHT Directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The truth understood by every 14-year-old comic book fan is that we love superheroes not because they are "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful...
The Geography of Light
THE GEOGRAPHY OF LIGHT Carrie Newcomer (Rounder, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back when I used to sort my CDs into categories (back when I still bought CDs), one section was devoted to inspirational female artists whose lyrics spoke to my...
What Is the Debate about Stem Cells?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Think of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease or a child with spinal cord injuries. Imagine a treatment that promises their recovery at the cost of destroying "spare" embryos from fertility clinics, embryos that...