U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 7, July

10 To-Do's after "I Do": What Makes a Marriage Work? Marriage Experts and Everyday Couples Offer 10 Tried-and-True Tips
Maureen Rogers and Lanny Law, caught in a sudden downpour, took shelter in a little cafe and warmed up with some tea. After several hours of conversation--and several pots of tea--Maureen and Lanny knew they wanted to be together. Some 20 years have...
Broken Promised Land: The U.S. Can Be a Real Friend to Israel by Nixing Sharon's Separating "Peace."
IT WAS A SHOCKING TURNABOUT OF 30 YEARS OF OFFICIAL policy in April when President Bush abruptly embraced Ariel Sharons "plan" for peace in the Middle East. The Israeli prime minister proposes to evacuate settlements in the Gaza Strip at the same time...
Cheaters Never Win: Cheating Has Taken Hold of Our Culture, and We're All the Worse for It. Exactly How Can Fabricated News Stories, Tax Evasion, and Pirated Music Lead to the Kingdom of God?
BACK WHEN WE HAD MORE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS than embedded reporters most of us thought we could trust a free press to tell us the unspun truth, but that is no longer the case. In 1983, a decade after Woodward and Bernstein blew the lid off Watergate,...
Destination Santiago: Pilgrims Learn to Pray with Their Feet on the Way to St. James' Burial Site in Spain
THERE IS SOMETHING DEEPLY HUMAN--THE LONGING for what lies beyond the horizon, the mysterious, inner space, God--and popular about pilgrimage. It's a rich menu of holiday, sport, and devotion doused, according to taste, in a potent penitential sauce....
Do You See What I See?
A SIMPLE FLOWERBED LIFTED TRACI PARKS OUT OF THE darkness. Now a visually impaired photographer and motivational speaker, at the time Parks had just been released from the hospital in 1991 after a bout of suicidal depression. Her tax refund arrived...
Feedback
Q: If the celibacy rule were abolished, the result would be ... More men interested in the priesthood and more well-rounded priests. Julie Gray Hill City, S.D. A lot of people in the world would have easier access to the sacraments than...
How Father Can Know Best: If Priests Were Husbands and Fathers, They Would Have More Credibility in Giving Guidance to Catholic Couples and Families-And in Challenging Today's Sex-Saturated Culture. One Priest Argues That's the Best Reason to Reconsider Mandatory Celibacy
LAST YEAR'S LETTERS to the U.S. bishops from priests in several dioceses brought the issue of optional celibacy into the headlines again. The priests' letters highlighted the serious shortage of priests and the growing lack of available eucharistic...
I Believe in Miracles
It's the second day of my short visit to the southern Philippines. After early-morning Mass in Zamboanga City and a quick boat ride across the Basilan Straits, Claretian Father Angel Calvo and I have made our way past the capital of Basilan Island,...
I Just Gotta Be Me: Ok, So Mother Teresa You're Not. but That Still Leaves Plenty of Room to Lead a Holy Life
The most important spiritual insight I've learned since becoming a Jesuit 15 years ago is this: God calls each of us to be who we are. As a result, holiness consists of nothing more than being the person who God created. In other words, being holy...
Long Day's Journey into Light: Many Times in Our Lives We Are Asked to Walk Paths We Find Painful or Pointless. but Just as When Jesus Asked His Disciples to Set out on Their Own, We Find the Answers Lie Further on Up the Road
MOST DAYS, JESUS JUST WASN'T THIS ORGANIZED. Although there may have been a grand plan out there that he and his Father consulted during their daily communion in prayer, the blueprint was largely lost on the disciples. It seemed to them that they...
Love Your Enemies: Building Peace in the Philippines
In the Santo Nino Chapel in a poor squatter area of the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, Claretian Father Angel Calvo paces back and forth, microphone in hand. He is leading his congregation in an interactive homily on the day's gospel reading:...
Mr. President, Stop the Torture! Abu Ghraib Is Only the Latest Chapter in America's Long-Standing Involvement in Torture
AFTER ABU GHRAIB, IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO SAY, "WE didn't know. One would have to avoid television and newspapers completely not to know that the U.S. has been involved in the torture of Iraqi detainees. Of course, officials still insist on using...
Odds & Ends
It was a vintage year. Auguste Rodin unveiled his sculpture Le Penseur in Paris. Rolls-Royce made its first car. The Trans-Siberian Railway linking Russia and China was completed and so was the first electric underground train in London. James Barrie's...
Rising to the Challenge: The Editors Interview Anglican Bishop N. T. Wright
Choose, the best answer: Christ's Resurrection changed things because: a) it assures us that we'll go to heaven when b) God's new creation has begun, and it's our job to tell people about that. Anglican Bishop N. T. Wright of Durham, England...
The Road to Perdition: Confessions of a Vehicular Sinner
"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I drive an SUV." "With yourself or with another?" "Usually by myself, Father." "And you're here seeking absolution?" "Not exactly, Father, just some answers." Yes, my son?" "Look, Father, I drive...
What's the Catholic View on Church and State?
During Christianity's earliest centuries, an era of official persecution of Christians, church and state were not only separate but opposed. Then in the early fourth century, when Emperor Constantine became a Christian, the church and state began to...