U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 7, July

An Early Call to Get Out: In 1967 U.S. Catholic Editors Call for a Swift End to the Vietnam War
"IT IS OUR CONTENTION THAT THE WAR IN VIETNAM IS wrong, is unjust, is immoral," the editors of U.S. CATHOLIC wrote in their December 1967 editorial--one of the few instances in its history in which the magazine took an official editorial position....
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Babies
BABIES Directed by Thomas Balmes (Focus Features, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] French filmmaker Thomas Balmes had a simple and brilliant idea: Put four babies in front of a camera for the first year of their lives and just sit back and watch...
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Bailing out Mr. Potter: It's Not Such a Wonderful Life When Big Banks Are Raking in the Federal Aid and Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Homes
JAMES CAMERON'S AVATAR IS WELL ON THE WAY TO BECOMing the biggest money-making film of all time, but the 3-D spectacle that has immersed millions in the magical and luminescent world of faraway Pandora has also given a number of fans a bad case of...
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Bombs Away: President Obama Wants to Lock Up Nukes-But He Isn't about to Throw Away the Key
IHE 2008 ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA WAS ARGUABLY A culmination of the hope-filled idealism that helped propel the 1960s civil rights movement. Although it's fashionable these days, in the last gasps of the frat-boy revivalism that began the century to...
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By the Numbers: How Many People Does It Take to Save the World?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CONTRARY TO WHAT MY RELATIVES MAY TELL YOU, I've never appeared in public places wearing a sandwich board heralding the warning: The End Is Near! Believe me, should I ever be so inclined, I would try to come up with something...
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Feedback
Those who don't like the new translations should ... Contact bishops. This will at least register that congregants are accepting the new translations under protest. Richard Janas Buffalo, N.Y. Continue to worship and conform for the good...
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How to Build a Better Bishop: With the Diocesan Chancery Ground Zero in the Sex Abuse Crisis, Now Is a Good Time to Ask Whether a Renovation Might Be in Order
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I want you to get up right now, go to your, windows, open them, and stick your head out and yell, 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'" That famous exclamation from the Academy Award-winning film Network...
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Leave Your Sleep
LEAVE YOUR SLEEP Natalie Merchant (Nonesuch Records, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In those last few brick-and-mortar record stores still out there, you may find Leave Your Sleep in the children's section. It is, after all, a collection of...
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Lost in Translation: The New Mass Prayers May Need Further Definition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I WAS LEADING A GROUP DISCUSSION ON THE MERITS OF THE renewed liturgy of Vatican II when John, a middle-aged businessman, commented, "I can't imagine my life without the liturgy; it strengthens me each week--but I never understood...
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More Than a Feeling: You're Longing for God-You Just Don't Know It, Yet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A few years ago I was having lunch with a friend who is an agnostic. I had just finished my annual eight-day retreat at my favorite place to pray, Eastern Point Retreat House Massachusetts, right on the Atlantic Ocean. in...
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Pax Romana: The Founder of the International Lay Movement of the Sant'Egidio Community Explains How His Group Has Been Able to Build Peace, One Conflict at a Time
An interview with Andrea Riccardi When Andrea Riccardi and his high school friends began to help Rome's poorest 42 years ago, they did not intend to work beyond the city. But the movement they launched now has about 50,000 members in more than 70...
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Return on Investment: Principle, Plus Interest, along with Appreciating Values? It's Not a Mortgage, It's Mass
GETTING TO MASS ON SUNDAYS FEELS OPTIONAL TO many families. After all, if we don't show up for work, we may lose our job; if our children miss school, they'll have make-up work; skipping a practice means you don't play in a game. But missing Mass?...
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Say What?
ONE OF MY FIRST TASKS IN CHURCH PUBLISHING in 1998 was to correct lectionary texts that appeared in my company's annual lector preparation book. It was monotonous work, transferring corrections sent from the U.S. bishops' liturgy office to our manuscript....
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Take Your Time: For Everything There Is a Season and a Time for Every Purpose under Heaven
ON GOES THE ALARM: 6 A.M. THIRTEEN MINUTES of news, weather, and traffic. 6:13. Out of bed, into the shower. First sip of coffee. Pack lunch, make breakfast, finish coffee, brush teeth. Here comes the bus--uncharacteristically on time. Nod to the...
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The Fight over Fighting Poverty
It was the brainchild of a Chicago priest, Michael Dempsey, in the 1960s, and it has blossomed over the past 40 years into one of the most effective, sustained anti-poverty efforts ever attempted in the United States. In 2010 the Catholic Campaign...
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The Perfect Game
THE PERFECT GAME Directed by William Dear (HighRoad Entertainment, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Can one film be a great baseball movie--the kind that inspires you to go outside and play ball--a rags-to-riches story, and a film that makes your...
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Travel Companion: On the Road of Life, It's Helpful to Have an Experienced Navigator in the Passenger Seat
LUNCH LASTED ALMOST THREE HOURS. WE TALKED about health care, the economy, books, movies, and grandchildren. At one time this group of friends belonged to the same parish. Though times have changed, we have remained close. They are my dearest friends...
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When Did We Start Celebrating Mass in Latin?
The instinct of Christianity has always been that people should worship in a language they understand. The first language of Christian liturgy was Aramaic, the common language of the first Christians, who were Palestinian Jews. While Hebrew was the...
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You Can Go Home Again: People Leave the Catholic Church for a Host of Reasons, but Exactly What Brings Them Back?
ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For many Catholics it is a Sunday routine, but for Laura Bendini, going back to church on Sunday was extremely intimidating. For the first two weeks she didn't even make it inside. She couldn't find parking outside of St. Charles...
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