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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 8, August

Battle Fatigue: Five Years into the Sex Abuse Crisis, Some Catholics Are Growing Weary, While Others Are Cautiously Optimistic
The priest sex abuse crisis is the U.S. Catholic Church's Iraq War. The comparisons are hard to miss: the mounting list of casualties, the ever-increasing cost, the reluctance of leadership to admit mistakes, the ill-advised strategic moves, the obsession...
Don't Believe Everything You Believe: The Bible Has Its Skeptics in Job and Qoheleth, the Author of the Book of Ecclesiastes, and We Shouldn't Ignore Their Honest Wrestling with the Reality of Evil in the World
ARE YOU 100 PERCENT CERTAIN OF THE TRUTHS OF your faith? Do you believe everything the church teaches, even before you know what it is? Is God more real to you than the nearest object? Are you, in short, blessed with a rock-solid religious foundation...
Feedback
The best experience or insight I have had on retreat was ... I discovered my vocation to religious life and priesthood on a retreat in high school. Father Art Roberts, C.S.B. Las Cruces, N.M. Experiencing God's unconditional love for me--that...
How Much Should I Tithe?
Even today a potential contributor to a charity drive wants to be told the "requested" donation, because people like to know in advance how much they are expected to give. In biblical times tithing was an explicit expectation: 10 percent of specific...
Monkey Business: Why Intelligent Design Is Weird Science
An interview with Francisco J. Ayala Francisco J. Ayala, a professor of evolutionary biology and philosophy at the University of California-Irvine, is both an expert in the field of evolution and its ardent defender. From serving as an expert witness...
Mourning Sickness: Americans Have Learned from Hollywood and Capitol Hill to Seek Revenge When Tragedy Strikes. We Would All Be Safer-And Saner-If We Could Just Grieve
WHEN FUNNYMAN ADAM SANDLER STARRED in Reign Over Me (Sony Pictures, 2007), reviewers praised the comedian for stretching his acting chops by portraying a man crippled by the loss of his wife and daughters on September 11. Sandler, famous for playing...
My Name Is Buddy
MY NAME IS BUDDY Ry Cooder (Nonesuch, 2007) In the age of the 99-cent digital download, the concept of an album, much less a "concept album;' may seem a bit passe. So here comes Ry Cooder with My Name Is Buddy, a 17-song fable that is not just a...
Need Some Alone Time? We All Need to Retreat from Life's Crazy Demands Every Once in a While in Order to Reconnect with God, Argues Spiritual Director Helen Cahill. Readers Share Their Best Retreat Experiences in Feedback
AS A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR I am fascinated by the common threads of the stories I hear, and it is no surprise that busyness is one of them. "I feel like I am on a merry-go-round." "Life is so hectic; I am always rushing." "I have no time for myself anymore....
Never Again, Yet Again: Unless Action Replaces Delay, Our Denunciations of Genocide Are Nothing but Talk
DARFUR HAS BECOME A MARQUEE GLOBAL TRAGEDY with celebrities such as George Clooney and Don Cheadle gamely trying to draw public attention to the killing fields in western Sudan. Dispatches from the frontlines over the past four years document the mayhem...
Pierrepoint (the Last Hangman)
PIERREPOINT (THE LAST HANGMAN) Directed by Adrian Shergold (IFC First Take, 2007) Dead Man Walking and other classic films about the death penalty tend to focus on the persons being executed. But Adrian Shergold's historical account of England's...
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi: If You Don't Understand That, You're Gonna Love the New, Old Latin Mass
THE OLD GERMAN PASTOR OF MY FIRST PARISH, FATHER Albert Henkel, was marked by both an endearing character--affectionately calling all us servers by our "real" name, George--and an almost indomitable resistance to change. When the liturgical reforms...
Slow Learners: It Took a Disabled Daughter to Teach Her Parents to Let Go and Admit That God's in Charge
The hardest lesson for me in life, the one that I seem to need to be reminded of over and over again, is that God's ways are not our ways. Nor, as the prophet tells us, are God's thoughts our thoughts. I feel like the lessons began in earnest 11...
Subway to Heaven: Caryll Houselander's Vision of the Body of Christ in Her Fellow Riders on the Tube Inspired Her Writings and Also Inspires Us to Have Compassion for All
CARYLL HOUSELANDER BECAME A SIGNIFICANT spiritual mentor for me in my 20s, when I found her book The Reed of God, about Mary and Christ. After that I read everything of hers I could find. The mid-20th century English author wrote 15 books on Catholic...
The Bodies of Christ: Paying Attention to Fellow Parishioners Makes Communion a Truly Communal Experience
LUIS HAD HIS THIRD COMMUNION ON SUNDAY. HAVING received his First Communion two weeks ago, the newness of it had not worn off. He edged out into the aisle and smiled back at his mother. He readied his hands to receive the host. His mother noticed something...
What We Owe the Iraqis; after Destroying Their Country, the Least We Could Do Is Welcome the Refugees
In the past six months, major U.S. media outlets have discovered that while they were busy watching the intrigues of the Green Zone in Baghdad, 3 million Iraqis packed their lives into a suitcase or a pillowcase and left Iraq. Since the United States...
Zip It!
"You're going to do what?" my mother asked. "And you're not going to talk the whole time?" Granted, it sounded a little odd. I was packing up for an eight-day retreat at a Jesuit retreat house just north of Boston. Yes, that's right, eight days of...