U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 5, May

Accidental Evangelist
In the whirlwind of exhausting book tours, an author unexpectedly finds herself the bearer of good tidings to a skeptical audience. You don't believe that!?" the media coach said, hovering between incredulity and denial in the classic manner of...
A Remarkable Life
Robert E. Burns (1919-2000),founding editor of U.S. CATHOLIC ROBERT E. BURNS WOULDN'T APPROVE OF THIS APproach to journalism. He wasn't one for shining a light on one of the editors. During his regime--executive editor of U.S. CATHOLIC from 1963...
Catholicism in 20th-Century America
The turn of the century has seen an explosion of interest in the history of 20th-century American Catholicism. Prominent among research efforts is the Catholicism in 20th-Century America project, conducted under the auspices of the University of Notre...
Food for the Poor's Outreach Creates Hope among Riverton's "Dump Dwellers"
In underdeveloped countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean region, the poor are forced to use any and every resource possible to survive -- even city dumps. I was shocked the first time I saw a man eating food out of the dump in Riverton,...
Global Warming
The world religions challenge each other to repair the world. Months after the December 1999 meeting of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, memories of this event ruminate within my Catholic consciousness: * A...
Growing Pains
How a rural parish survived suburban sprawl This is the tale of a little parish that grew and grew. It was a little parish for the first 130 of its 150 years. I was the pastor during the growing years, so I was able to see the effects of sudden...
How to Crack Open a Hardened Heart
The sacrament of Reconciliation offers us a chance to accept Gods mercy into our hearts. Fifth in a series by John Shea on the spirituality of the sacraments. March defied its reputation. It neither arrived like a lion nor exited like a lamb....
I Do, Again
In celebrating the sacramentality of marriage, you can't get too much of a good thing. ONE SUNDAY LAST SUMMER I POPPED A VIDEO-tape that I've watched only two or three times during the past seven years into my VCR. I sat in a sunny patch on my living-room...
Jesus Christ, Movie Star
Whether the intent is to entertain or evangelize, there's just no denying that his is the greatest story ever told. Patrick McCormick looks at Jesus' many portrayals on the silver screen and recommends those that are truly golden. "IN THE BEGINNING"...
Let My People Stay
Can Americans make room for the modern sojourners in their midst? PITY THE POOR SOJOURNER. THE BIBLE DOES. Old Testament authors frequently worried over the treatment that travelers, visitors, refugees, and anybody else on the move received at the...
Like Father, like Son
Then George W. Bush decided to seek the office his father once held, echoes of another fatherson presidential family sounded: John Adams, second president of the United States, and his son, John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States. This...
Mercy Has a Human Face
Some people find the television program NYPD Blue offensive. I find it very Catholic. I find it Catholic in the sense that it deals with questions of sin and grace and portrays some very human characters struggling to rise above the effects of original...
The Odd Couple
Peter and Paul were a match made in purgatory, but the wisdom of the church has them sharing a feast day, a book in the Bible, and a place of prominence in the tradition. THEY ARE TWO MEN who clearly don't belong together, not even in the same room...
What a Difference a Day Made
NEW YORK--The sainthood cause for Dorothy Day (1897-1980), the journalist, pacifist, advocate for the poor, and cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, has officially been opened, the Vatican announced in March. Day, whose canonization has been...
What Good Are Godparents?
If they stay involved after the water is sprinkled, godparents can be important spiritual mentors and role models, say respondents to a U.S. CATHOLIC reader survey. CATHOLICS KNOW GODMOTHERS and godfathers are neither grantors of all our wishes...
You've Come a Long Way, Sister
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW SISTER DORIS GOTTEMOELLER, R.S.M. When it comes to women religious, Catholics have a hard time letting go of the past. Whether they yearn for the "good old days" or bemoan them, too many Catholics seem stuck in the 1950s in...