U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 6, June

America Behind Bars: Our Criminal-Justice Policy Imprisons Us All
To reach the Sheridan Correctional Center, a visitor passes along 30 miles or so of flat, somber Illinois farmland, brown and recently tilled in the early spring, ready for planting. The long and empty acres of farm fields are broken occasionally by...
Beyond Appearances
In advance of Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Cuba last January, Fidel Castro relaxed, momentarily at least, the iron grip that had suppressed religion and religious expression almost from the outset of his Marxist revolution in 1959. Whether...
Bread Everlasting
The great catholic southern writer, Flannery O'Connor, in a letter to a close friend recounts a conversation she had one evening while at dinner with friends: "I was once, five or six years ago, taken by some friends to have dinner with Mary McCarthy...
Faith of a Father
Last year, in our parish church, I preached on Father's Day I'd never before given a true in-the-pulpit sermon, but I was there as a sort of expert witness. I'm a father, first of all. My wife, Cathy, and I have two children: David, who's 13, and...
God between the Lines: Five Writers of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Talk about the Spiritual Source of Their Art
When many of us read, we do it not only for pleasure, but to develop ourselves intellectually and spiritually. But why do writers write? In the following profiles, critically acclaimed writers Andre Dubus, Ron Hansen, Pattiann Rogers, Doris Betts, and...
It's Time to End the Hypocrisy on Birth Control
Its' The "Little Secret that no one talks about," "The credibility chasm," the unspoken line dividing most Catholics from much of the hierarchy. Around the issue hovers such hypocrisy that few people discuss it. This shadowy elephant lurching through...
Jesus of Nazareth or Madison Avenue: Who's Offering the Real Thing?
If you pit Jesus of Nazareth against the crew (and cash) from Madison Avenue, would the savior stand a chance? Each side has a story to tell, whether how to shave your legs or how to save your soul, but only one nabbed time during Seinfeld. In all...
Keep Regular Office Hours
In my bedside bookshelf is an old book. Its cover is taped, and the red edges of the pages have been worn to yellowish-white in places. It is titled Lauds, Vespers, Compline in English. The book is a shortened form of The Roman Breviary that is, in...
My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Parenting Day
Last Tuesday had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad parenting day. In the morning I drove my 13-year-old son, Brian, to school. He didn't sit in the front sea next to me as he usually does. Last Tuesday he sat in the backseat. And he didn't...
Private Lives, Public Matters
You might wonder if Jean Bethke Elshtain is a fish out of water: What's a political scientist doing teaching in a divinity school? But even when she taught political theory at Vanderbilt, she shocked her students by claiming that one of the people most...
The Enduring Allure of Relics
Relics, whether sacred or secular, engender intrigue. A few months ago John F. Kennedy's children objected to an auction of some things that had once belonged to their father. A few years earlier these same kids engineered an auction of their mother's...
Who's Gobbling Up My Piece of Pie?
I've been puzzling over all the good news I keep reading in the papers these days about America's booming economy. Let's see: inflation is down, employment is up, productivity improving ... somebody's gotta be cashing in on this. Right? Maybe I'm...