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Articles from Vol. 74, No. 6, June

Commencement Duress: Catholics Shouldn't Let Single-Issue Politics Deprive Us of Our Hard-Won Place at the Heart of America's Democracy
AH, SPRING. A WARMING SUN MELTS THE WINTER freeze, while the proverbial April showers give way to May's commencement speaker "scandal" at the local Catholic college, splashed across the morning news. May's media bouquet comes courtesy of the Cardinal...
Did Paul Write All His Letters?
There's an old joke among Bible scholars--and one that shows how desperately in need of new material they are. It's about how the "Letter of Paul to the Hebrews" is none of those things: not a letter, not by Paul, not to the Hebrews. As I said, they...
Duplicity
DUPLICITY Directed by Tony Gilroy (Universal, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] They don't make them like this anymore. They try often enough, but only once in a blue moon do they get the magic right. Tony Gilroy's Duplicity is two parts screwball...
Foreign Correspondent: St. Paul Didn't Just Deliver the Good News, He Was Part of the Story
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HERE WE ARE, STANDING IN THE DOORWAY AT LAST, bidding goodbye to the Year of St. Paul. It's entirely possible that some Catholics never had a clue that, starting in June 2008 and running through the end of June 2009, the church...
Honey Moon
HONEY MOON The Handsome Family (Carrot Top Records, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Handsome Family is a perfectly postmodern family band. Unlike the ones that litter the bluegrass and Southern gospel scenes, they consist only of a married...
It's a Miracle! Does Your Faith Need Divine Intervention?
Msgr. Fred Easton is not exactly the first persons who'd jump to mind when one thinks about miracles. Trained as a canon lawyer, the judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is by nature of his profession rational and methodical. He also...
Let Them Come to the Water: The Scarcity of Our Most Precious Resource Will Make You Rethink Your Morning Shower
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From her mud-walled hut in the village of Gutu Dobi, Ethiopia, Loko Dadacha can see a milky brown sliver on the horizon. She makes the four-hour round trip to the stream and carries back 5 gallons of water--about 40 pounds--in...
On a Wheel and a Prayer: With St. Christopher Riding Shotgun, Faithful Motorists Hope to Have a Safer Journey
WITH THE FLUCTUATING PRICE OF GAS THIS past year and the growing economic crisis, the most common prayer uttered from behind the wheel these days is probably a ea for relief from the expense of filling up. While many families are suffering from job...
Out of the Depths: Faith Helps U.S. Catholic Readers See the Light Even as They Walk through the Valley of Darkness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Unemployment, illness, a loved one's death--everyone can relate to the experience of loss. While loss may be an ordinary part of life, it nevertheless can shake our faith. Perhaps we question why, or we simply lose time for...
Parish Counciling: Lord Knows These Organizations Need Some Help Serving Their Communities
OK, children, gather around. I'll tell you what life was like before parish councils, back when my hair was brown and my dreams were green. The pastor pretty much ran things, and that was fine with most of us. First of all, we didn't have to go...
Raising Cain: Remember to Love Your Little Angel Even When She Is Pitching a Major Fit
THIS MORNING LIAM, OUR 10-YEAR-OLD, WAS UPSET because I wouldn't let him eat Cocoa Krispies for breakfast. Despite a long-standing rule that sugared cereal is for weekends only, Liam thought this should be the morning that I make an exception. I said...
Sales Calls: St. Francis De Sales Encourages Us to Respond to Troubles Big and Small with Love
FIRST "MET" ST. FRANCIS DE SALES IN A ROUND-about sort of way. In the early 1970s, I began researching Jane de Chantal, an early modern Catholic widow and foundress of a religious community known as the Visitation of Holy Mary. I knew Jane had co-founded...
Spanish Lessons: Learning a New Language Opens Our Hearts as Well as Our Mouths
It all began, as many things do, with the Catholic Church. "Digo si, Senor." "Oyenos, mi Dios." "La palabra de Dios." Many of us can fake a few Spanish songs or Mass responses, but I wanted to know more of this language spoken throughout the world....
The Drone Wars: High-Tech Warfare Administers Death from a Great Distance
WE HEARD A LOT OVER THE EARLY YEARS OF the late (once and future?) War on Terror about weapons of mass destruction, but during that time one small weapon of very specific destruction was allowed to proliferate with little attention. The U.S.-sponsored...
The Road to Damascus
The Year of St. Paul, which ends this June, has pretty much passed me by unnoticed. But having woken up every morning during Holy Week on the "street called Straight" (Acts 9:11) in Damascus, Syria, I doubt I'll ever think of the great preacher to...
This Jest In: Comedy Central Fools Rush in Where Network Journalists Fear to Tread
JUST AFTER APRIL FOOL'S DAY BILL MOYERS HAD TWO AWARD-winning independent journalists on his show to talk about why America's free press has fallen asleep at the wheel--and the three of them ended up agreeing that just about the only people doing real...
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Yes the Gospels Present Four Different Portraits of Jesus. That's the Whole Point: The Editors Interview Daniel Harrington, S.J
Like many Catholics of their generation, Daniel Harrington's family wasn't made up of Bible readers. Harrington recalls two Protestants coming to his house when he was a child. "We'd like to discuss the Bible," they said, to which his mother replied,...