U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 1, January

Alejandro Escovedo
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Real Animal (Back Porch Records, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alejandro Escovedo has been in the rock and roll business for 30 years now, but Real Animal, his first major-label release, is the breakthrough that puts together...
Are the Gospels Historical?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] People today tend to think that history is pretty much about facts. Though history is always interpreted, the aim of history is to uncover facts to paint a picture of the past as it more or less happened. So to ask if the...
Better to Have Loved and Learned ... A Priest Recalls That His Best Preparation for Ministry Came from Six Women He Knew before He Went to Seminary
A while ago I met a renowned priest, a man nationally respected for his work in higher education. He was about 60 then, this fellow--quiet, witty, shy. A very accomplished man. He told me many things, but the most interesting thing was that he said...
Bless Me, Mother: In a Special Bedtime Ritual, This Mother Does More Than Just Lay Her Children Down to Sleep
FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MY CHILDREN GO TO BED, I AM NOT feeling very holy. They are tired and I am exhausted. There are blue globs of toothpaste in the sink basin because Jamie, 5, isn't tall enough to spit right into the drain. There is often a trail...
Catholic and Feminist
CATHOLIC AND FEMINIST By Mary J. Henold (University of North Carolina Press, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sisters Theresa Kane, Marjorie Tuite, and Margaret Ellen Traxler. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Mary Daly, and Sidney Callahan. The names...
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shadow World of Human Trafficking
The beating was the final straw. The relentless daily psychological abuse had been bad enough; the endless days of work stretching into weeks and finally into months had been exhausting beyond endurance. Somehow she managed to get through. "I always...
Interior Decorating: Catholicism Works Best When It's Not Just an Idea but a Whole World Children Grow Up In
WE HAD A WINDOW SALESMAN OVER AT our house a few years back. He hadn't been in the door five minutes when he said, smiling, "Well, I guess you folks are Catholic!" I thought the only remarkable thing about our house was the amount of clutter, so I...
Ivy League of Her Own: Sharon Kugler Is What No Catholic-Nor Woman-Has Been Before: Yale University's Chaplain
The adjectives "first" and "woman" have preceded a number of prominent occupations over the past decades, though a few titles remain beyond a seemingly shatterproof glass ceiling. But not the position of university chaplain at Yale University. When...
I Will Follow Him: The Messenger Is Sometimes More Powerful Than the Message
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THIS PAST YEAR I LOST A VALUABLE MENTOR. THE NEWS of her death was like the sudden loss of function of a limb on which I've always relied. Dr. Gulley was one of my college professors. In many ways, along with courses on British...
New Year, New You: Stretch Your Soul in Ten Minutes a Day
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a new year, and time to get cracking on those resolutions. In addition to those vows to exercise regularly, eat better, save money, get organized, and call Mom more often, make room on your list for one more improvement:...
On the Move
I made it to 2009--thank God! 2008 was probably the most tumultuous year of my life: In May I graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with a bachelors degree in professional writing. In June I joined the Claretian Volunteer...
Positively Pro-Life: Catholics Must Focus on the Battle for Hearts and Minds to Be Successful in the Effort to End Abortion
THE UNITED STATES WILL MAKE HISTORY THIS month, inaugurating its first African-American president on January 20, a day that nearly coincides with another momentous event 36 years ago: the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that found a right to abortion...
Promises to Keep: Barack Obama's Election Was Historic, but Can His Presidency Be Great?
AT A TIME OF HISTORIC ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND STRATEGIC challenges, the election of Barack Obama offers Americans the hope that we can rise above the many forces pulling us down, but more, that we can even rise above the worst of ourselves--the original...
Rachel Getting Married
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED Directed by Jonathan Demme (Sony Pictures Classics, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Director Jonathan Demme and writer Jenny Lumet's ensemble film about a big sprawling suburban wedding reminds us that marriage is a mix...
The Prophet's Daughters: There's Much in Islam That Favors Women, Says This Scholar. as Sisters in Faith Muslim and Catholic Women Can Seek out Such Traditions Together
Syafa Almirzanah, a professor of comparative religion at Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, could i have continued her studies anywhere in the Muslim world, but she chose Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Last spring she...
The Saints' Guide to Politics: You Think Today's Politicians Are Less Than Perfect? Medieval Politicians Got Away with Murder and Still Became Saints
Election years sometimes make us wonder if we ever learn anything from past mistakes. The political figures from the Middle Ages who became saints offer some surprising sources of lessons and wisdom for the newly elected officials who will be taking...
Weapons of Self-Destruction: Screens Big and Small Are Filled with Stories of People Killing People, but They Go Blank When the Topic Turns to People Killing Themselves
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF YOUR VIEW OF THE WORLD IS SHAPED BY WHAT YOU SEE ON TV and at the movies, you probably think that murder is a real problem in the United States, and you would be right. The homicide rate in this country is four to five...