U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 6, June

Accessory to Murder: We Can't Conceal the Deadly Consequences of the Prejudices We Carry Around
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In March Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera created a minor media ruckus with his outlandish and decidedly racist assertion that the killing of Trayvon Martin on February 26 was caused in part by his choice of clothing. As...
All Together Now: To Ensure a Smoothly Running Parish or Diocese, Clergy and Laity Must Learn How to Work as a Team
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A number of years ago I worked as a planning consultant with three parishes that wanted to collaborate more closely. We designed a process in which hundreds of parishioners spent dozens of hours identifying areas in which...
Balancing Act
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As June begins, perhaps you are breathing a sigh of relief. You just survived a period in which your child's practices, games, and rehearsals overlapped with spring musicals and concerts. Add a first communion, confirmation,...
Crime Fighter: David Lukenbill Bears Witness to the Fact That Living outside the Law Doesn't Have to Be a Life Sentence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A knock on the door introduced David Lukenbill to a life of crime. "My real dad got out of prison when I was 12," recalls Lukenbill. "He showed up on our door one day and my mother said, 'This is your real father.' " His dad,...
Cuban Come Back: Overcoming Great Obstacles, Many Cubans Are Returning to the Catholic Faith and Helping Renew the Island's Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To this day Aldo Santos remembers with gratitude the frequent blackouts he experienced as a child in his native town of Holguin in northeast Cuba. Everyone in the neighborhood would come out of their house to gaze at the stars....
Eyes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I was a child, my mother and I played hostess to a variety of salespeople who came to the tenement building in the Bronx where we lived. At regular intervals there appeared the Fuller Brush Man, the Avon Lady, and...
Integrity Lessons
"When you finish college, I think you should seriously consider getting a Ph.D. in theology," said one of our priest friends to my high school daughter after she'd spent 20 minutes explaining to him how she thought her friends might be drawn back to...
Locked Down
Locked Down Dr. John (Nonesuch Records, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the deranged days of 1968, New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack decided to join the fun by dubbing himself Dr. John the Night Tripper, taking to the stage in a Mardi Gras...
Look Who's Talking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's not often that you turn on the radio and hear someone talking about you--well, not you personally, but someone like you. That was the reaction I had listening to National Public Radio's Terry Gross as she interviewed...
Minor Prophets: For God, There Is No Such Thing as Being Too Young
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How old do you have to be to be useful to God? The church has long set the age of reason at 7; that is, we're considered morally responsible for ourselves from about the second grade. This is why we're eligible to participate...
Needs Improvement: A Progress Report from U.S. Catholic Readers Says That Bishops Still Haven't Learned All Their Lessons on the Subject of Sexual Abuse
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Anger. Betrayal. Sadness. Disappointment. These are just some of the myriad of emotions felt by Catholics in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal that broke in 2002. And a decade later--following a flood of additional details...
Take It to the Board: Panels Reviewing Sex Abuse Allegations Help Dioceses Get Their Houses in Order, but They Are Only as Effective as the Information the Bishops Give Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jim Caccamo has a simple explanation for why he joined the lay review board for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri back in 2005: Former Bishop Raymond Boland asked him to. "When the bishop asks you, you say...
Take the Plunge: We Don't Get to Decide-Even When It Comes to Our Deepest Desires
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You are baptized," he says, his voice booming, "to the extent to which you believe you are loved. It is not ... a onetime ... event." I stare down at the reflections of the floating candles. We are standing at the edge...
Under the Influence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida has focused national attention on the at times mortal perils faced by African American teens due to racial profiling. But the use of deadly force against a young...
We Can Do Better: An Attorney and Charter Member of the National Review Board Sizes Up the U.S. Church's Progress on Sex Abuse over the Last 10 Years
Nicholas Cafardi, then dean of Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh, got a call one day back in 2002 at the height of the sex abuse crisis. Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, was asking Cafardi to serve on the new National...
We Have a Pope
We HAVE A Pope Directed by Nanni Moretti (Sundance Selects, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nanni Moretti's lighthearted and melancholic comedy introduces us to a gentle and frail cleric who would not be pope--even though the college of cardinals...
Why Do We Go to Confession?
The very word confession conjures up all kinds of stories and images, but those who go to confession know that it is a source of holy comfort and blessed relief. Confession is a gift, a means of grace, a way to God, and a way back to God. This sacrament...