U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 8, August

Ain't Gonna Study War No More. (in Person: Stephen Funk)
HE GRADUATED THREE YEARS AGO, BUT Stephen Funk's high school principal remembers him well. He was a bright student, a social activist, and, at least in one case, a totally unconvincing actor. Funk was in a play where his role required him to have a...
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Don't Know Much about Islam? (Interview)
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW SCOTT ALEXANDER "Al-salamu alaykum!" That's the voicemail greeting you get when Scott Alexander is out of the office. Alexander, the director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago,...
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Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q: My biggest concern about immigration is ... The fear so many Americans have in regards to it. Carrie Eckerson Apalachin, N.Y. Adequate social services, education, and job opportunities to make them self-sufficient. Margaret Zaphiris...
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God's in His Heavens: Contemplating the Stars and Our Earth's Place in the Cosmos Can Comfort Us and Inspire Us to a Renewed Commitment in Our Lives. (Essays/opinion)
Last night I dreamed I was lying outdoors in an open clearing beside a forest. The land, the earth beneath me, was rocking slowly back and forth. I watched the moon directly above me sway behind a few leafless trees and then out into the open sky,...
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How to Draw Kids in Mass: If the Most Frequent Chorus You Hear at Mass Is "When Is It Going to Be Over?" It's Time for You and Your Parish to Learn More about Strategies for Child-Friendly Liturgies. (Cover Story)
It's the second Sunday of Lent, the kind of gorgeous spring day when the sight of a dad leading a parade of stair-step daughters to church--four blondes, in black patent-leather shoes and white anklets, swirling the skirts of their sleeveless pastel...
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Lasting Supper: Fruit of the Vine and Work of Human Hands, a Meal Shared in Communion with a Friend Becomes for Us the Bread of Life. (Testaments)
"HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?" The question I asked my good friend was hardly casual. Dale and I were sitting in a hospital room, and he was in bad shape. Eighteen days earlier I had gotten a call that an exploratory biopsy for a tumor on his brain...
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Let's Give Immigrants Security in Their New Homeland: Undocumented Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Pay for 9/11. Bishop Jaime Soto Argues for the Return of a Previously Successful Program That Helped Legalize Them. (Sounding Board)
UNDER THE CRUSHING INFERNO OF THE WORLD Trade Towers more than 2,800 people lost their lives. The many who heroically rushed in while others hurried to escape have their names lauded throughout the country, not to mention the unsung heroism of those...
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Promises to Keep: When the Cake Is Gone, Will Our Wedding Presence Last Longer Than Just "The Big Day"? (the Examined Life)
AS A GUEST AT CATHOLIC WEDDINGS, I OFTEN FIND myself wondering why an ostensibly nonreligious couple has chosen to have a religious service in the first place. Conscious of my inadequacy to judge a person's relationship with God, I am not offended...
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Super Global Casualties of Worker Exploitation: For Today's Nannies, Even a Spoonful of Sugar Doesn't Much Help Their Bitter-Pill Situations. (Culture in Context)
QUICK, WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE nanny of all time? My money is on Julie Andrews. She took home the Oscar for Mary Poppins, setting the gold standard for magical, musical, and motherly nursemaids; and the only "problem with Maria" in The Sound of...
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The View from Juarez: Poverty Is Epidemic South of the Border, but Community Groups Provide Hope for a Better Future
Early in the year the police in Juarez, Mexico's largest border city, descended on Lote Bravo and drove its 10,000 inhabitants from this squatter community. In most countries a social upheaval of this size would have caused an enormous stir. Since...
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Weapons of Mass Instruction. (Editors' Note)
The planning and execution required to pull off a family's timely arrival at Sunday Mass rival the Normandy invasion, wrote a U.S. CATHOLIC reader years ago. Another friend of the house told us this story: It's Sunday morning, and Mom and Dad plan...
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When Oil Wells Don't End Well: "Publish What You Pay" Asks Oil Companies to Help Put an End to Some Slippery Business. (Margin Notes)
HOW IS IT THAT SOME NATIONS REMAIN MIRED IN poverty even though they annually produce millions of barrels of oil--a commodity so valuable to industrial powers it's literally worth fighting for? The answer to that slippery riddle is complex, but one...
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Where Does All the Money Go? (Glad You Asked: Q&A Church Teaching)
So we're cheap. We Catholics ingloriously claim our place at the bottom of the statistical list, dead last among those of every religious stripe who pitch their pennies into the collection basket. Thank God there's a lot of us because at two bucks...
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