U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 8, August

Built of Living Stones: Five Stories of Black Catholics in America
The history of African American Catholicism began with the arrival of the Spanish settlers in the 16th century in Florida. In fact, on the first page of the 16th-century baptismal registers are the names of black infants who were baptized into the...
Dallas Meeting Disappoints Many. (Signs of the Times)
Opinions differ about whether the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" went far enough, but there was agreement about whether the June meeting in Dallas adequately addressed many of the broader "big picture" issues...
Deadly Silence. (You May Be Right)
A SINCERE THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE MEMBERS OF THE laity who are speaking out on this issue of clergy sexual abuse. My son, Eric, is pictured on the June cover of U.S. CATHOLIC ("Broken trust, broken lives" by Kevin Clarke). We have become extremely involved...
Full of the Spirit: Five Spiritual Gifts of African American Catholics
I'm gonna move when the Spirit say move I'm gonna move when the Spirit say move When the Spirit say move I'm gonna move, O Lord I'm gonna move when the Spirit say move. --African American spiritual Black people are a Spirit-filled...
Good News. (Don Wycliff in Person)
ON WYCLIFF HAS HAD INK IN HIS BLOOD EVER since his first job delivering newspapers with his brother. These days he's more likely to be delivering opinions, as the Chicago Tribune's public editor and a member of the paper's editorial board. After years...
Let's Be True to Our Schools: Parish-Based, Urban Education Is a Mission Our Church Should Accept. (Margin Notes)
EDUCATION IS A SOCIAL INSTITUTION AMERICANS from all political persuasions claim to value. A superior education transcends its inherent worth to the individual to become a social good shared by all, a guarantor of a fair start in American life, better...
Let the Church Say Amen! the Editors Interview Father J-Glenn Murray, S.J
Most Catholics are most Catholic when they attend Sunday Mass. The liturgy is the primary place to plug into the spirituality and traditions of the church. For that reason, Father J-Glenn Murray, S.J., has a big job to do. As director of the Office...
Make a Soulful Sound: From Its African Origins to Blues, Harry Belafonte, in His Recently Released Anthology, Traces the Musical Heritage of Black Americans. (Culture in Context)
IN THE BEGINNING WAS NOT THE WORD, BUT THE DEAFENING silence of slavery, or so Harry Belafonte argues in his recently released The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music (BMG/Buddha Records), a five-CD box set of 80 songs tracing the musical...
Not Just a Black or White Issue: All U.S. Catholics Are Called to Participate in the Church's Mission with Black Catholics. (the Examined Life)
WHEN BLACK CATHOLICS MEET THIS SUMMER in Chicago for their ninth National Black Catholic Congress, they will reflect on the heart of Jesus' mission of the kingdom of God. The Second Vatican Council underscored that the very reason for the church s...
Ode to a Catholic Education. (Editors' Note)
In the '60s my brother and I attended St. Anselm, an all-black Catholic church and grammar school on Chicago's South Side. A lot of kids who lived in the project where we grew up envied us, and some even disliked us, because we went to Catholic school....
Spirituality Cafe
"TESTIMONY is an integral part of the Black religious tradition. It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in order to give account of the hope that is in him or her." (James Cone, Black Theology: A Documentary History,...
St. Augustine's Confessions: The Small and Big Struggles and Victories That Shape the Life of One Prominent Black Catholic Parish
It's Sunday morning, and light mist drizzles from an overcast sky. But even the looming rain can't dampen the spirit of the woman standing on the sidewalk. She holds her cane in her gloved hands tightly, waiting for her ride. At the end of her journey,...
There Go Millions. (Odds & Ends)
Remember Charles Carroll? Every kid who paid attention in Catholic schools learned that this signatory of the Declaration of Independence was a Catholic. Even though Independence Day is celebrated religiously on July 4--one of the few holidays that...
The Rhythm of the Faithful. (the Gifts We Bring: The Fifth in an Occasional Series Celebrating Diversity in the U.S. Catholic Church)
It is Sunday, May 12, and several hundred men, women, and children from all over Long Island, New York are gathered in St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre to celebrate Haitian Flag Day. The rices of the women and young gifts dressed in their Kaliko,...
Time to Roll Up the Unwelcome Mat: For Many African Americans, the Sign of Peace Feels like the Sign of Prejudice. Our Survey of Black Catholics Reveals the Church Has a Long Way to Go to Overcome Racism. (Reader Survey)
It should be one of the friendliest parts of the Mass. But for many African American Catholics, the Sign of Peace can be downright inhospitable. When in predominantly white or mixed parishes, blacks often find themselves ignored; some have even had...
Who Do You Say That I Am? the Answer, Though Different throughout the Ages, Tells Us Not Only about Jesus, but about Ourselves. (Testaments)
IN A SIMPLER TIME, THE Jesus People of the 1970s had it all figured out: "Christ is the answer!" A more cynical older generation would reply, "Yeah, but what's the question?" Each generation has a similar initial enthusiasm for the person of Jesus....
Wine in the Wilderness: Many African Americans Have Known and Risen above Suffering and Despair. Now Black Catholics Are Called upon to Give Their "Gifts of Blackness" to Help Heal the Country and the Church
One grandmother sang me through the day while she cooked, cleaned, worked in the garden, and simply sat and connected us with a past that smelled strongly of earth, ginger, and earnest effort. The other grandmother walked and worked and kept her fingers...