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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 2, February

And Then Were Three ... a Small Portland, Oregon Community of Sisters Plugs on with Faith and Determination
STORY BY BRIAN DOYLE PHOTOS BY STEVE HAMBUCHEN The Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus live in an enormous white house on a hill in Portland, Oregon. The house is built of cedar trees that once grew on the hill. The judge who milled...
Cathedral Inspirations.
Don't try finding Milwaukee's newly renovated Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist by driving into town and looking for a spire. Milwaukee's heavily spired skyline challenges even the most ardent church searcher to pinpoint this cathedral by steeple...
Catholics Should Make Peace Not War.
THE DECEMBER SOUNDING BOARD ("CATHOLICS SHOULD be more conscientious about objecting to war") by Father Michael J. Baxter, C.S.C. exposes some serious issues facing American Catholics as our political leaders prepare to send us to war with Iraq. Baxter...
Elimi-Dated: Why Can't the Church and Young Singles Hook Up?
Joe and Joan Beyerle have been married for 51 years. Both of them fondly recall the neighborhood house party where they met when Joe was 17 and Joan was 15. Bill and Jane Ryan, 54, first caught each other's glances at a fraternity party at Marquette...
Gang Buster. (Oscar Contreras in Person)
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SPEEDY?" A TEENAGE BOY ASKS, rounding the corner from behind the Holy Cross Parish rectory in South Side Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. The young man wears dark blue athletic gear, and the baseball cap on his head is...
Joyful Mystery: Could the Joy of Our Children Be the Missing Ingredient in Today's Church Crisis?
Spare us further edicts. By now the American bishops must be hoarse with apologies, backpedaling, one-strike policies, press conferences, commissions, committees, and all the verbal trappings of the new, improved, stainless steel church. The leadership...
Let's Talk about Sex: The Editors Interview Sister Fran Ferder, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. (Interview)
Are you blushing yet? Fran Ferder sure isn't. The Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration is serious about the subject of sexuality and spirituality and believes that many Catholics have felt shame about their bodies because there are too many "forbidden...
One Gay Priest's Story: Defying the Current Scapegoating and Stereotypes, a Priest Shares His Journey and Struggle. (the Examined Life)
MY ROMAN COLLAR CAUSED MRS. H TO HESItate. She knew I was gay, but she also recalled a sermon in which her pastor had said that unless gays repented, they had no place in the church, let alone heaven. She had looked for a priest who would understand...
Prophet Sharing: In Her Acceptance Speech for the 2002 U.S. Catholic Award, Sister Christine Vladimiroff, Speaking on Behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Sketches the Prophetic Vocation of Women Religious Today
THERE IS ONLY one reason to be Benedictine--to seek God. This seeking of God is the monastic vocation. It is not the seeking of God of a hermit. Saint Benedict's gift to the church was the founding of the community way (coenobium) of living monasticism....
Sex and the City of God.
In the 1980s, while I was studying theology, I remember a discussion with my father about some new church document that reiterated what I viewed as an uncompromisingly harsh and rigid approach to questions involving sexual ethics. I don't remember...
Snakehandlers Needed.
The sexual abuse crisis in the church reminds writer Jo McGowan of an encounter with a venomous snake at her home in India. "We knew it was in [our garage], but we could think of no safe way to approach it.... In the end, we had to empty the whole...
Spirituality Cafe
"GOD of the city, God of the tenement and the house of the rich, God of the subway and the night club, God of the cathedral and the streets, God of the sober and the drunk, the junkie and the stripper, the gambler and the good family man; dear God,...
Too Smart for Their Own Good? Genius Is a Great Trait until It Infringes on Having a Great Life. (Culture in Context)
RODIN KNEW HOW TO SCULPT A THINKER, BUT Hollywood has found genius pretty unphotographable. When the director yells "action," Chaplin, Astaire, and Jackie Chan put the motion in moving pictures, but Einstein just sits and thinks. Don't wait for Jeopardy:...
Want to Move to Catholicville? (Signs of the Times)
Pretty soon it won't just be retirees and vacationing families heading south to the state best known for Mickey Mouse. Florida will be the home of the nation's newest Catholic university--and a new town to go with it. Both will be called Ave Maria...
Where Have All the Demons Gone? Modern Religion Has Dispossessed a Rich History of Demons and Devils in Our Midst, but Maybe Satan Served a Purpose in the Way He Makes Evil Palpable. (Testaments)
FROM THE START, it was clear the demons were onto him. The sight of Jesus coming down the road drew the possessed out of every town the way a flame tempts a moth, often with the same results. The demons plunged into the light of his presence in an...
Who's Sorry Now: Most Catholics Take Jesus' Teaching to Forgive "70 Times Seven" Very Seriously. Forgiving One's Enemies Is Difficult, but a Majority of U.S. Catholic Readers Still Say the Virtue of Forgiveness Is Essential, Not Only in Their Personal Lives but Also in Public Policy. (Reader Survey)
IF TO ERR IS HUMAN and to forgive divine, Martha Lee is inching toward godliness. When American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center, Lee's niece, Heather, was on that plane. When Lee finally emerged from her initial state of shock,...
Why Was Pope John XXIII So Influential? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
Most folks, when trying to set the direction of an organization like a parish or a school, or indeed, the universal church, tend to grip the reins tightly. Most folks believe that influence is the result of keeping firm control on things But Pope...
Wouldn't You Just Kill for That Cell Phone? Components of Many Popular Consumer Items Fuel Deadly Conflicts. (Margin Notes)
YOUR CELL PHONE PROBABLY DOESN'T LOOK TOO guilty about it, but it could be responsible for some, indiscriminate killing in the Congo. That s true also of your laptop, while your engagement ring could be helping to fuel mayhem in Sierra Leone and Liberia....