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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 2, February

A Few Fit Men: We Should Be Helping America's Young People Really Be All That They Can Be
DESPITE THE GRIM TOLL TAKEN IN WHAT IS BECOMING a war of attrition in Afghanistan, the Great Recession has helped U.S. armed services achieve record recruiting numbers in 2009. And after years of lowering minimum standards, the 2009 recruits are among...
Catholic Workers: These People of Faith Are Volunteering outside the Box When It Comes to Serving Those in Need
Vaulting the language barrier When Ed Smith retired from his law practice, he and his wife, Linda, dreamed of all the things they would do. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But three months later, he was diagnosed with cancer. And five months after...
Critical Conditions: If the United States Doesn't Improve It's Health Care System, Our Nation Could End Up DOA
HEALTH CARE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A BASIC HUMAN right, but in the United States nearly 50 million uninsured fall through the cracks, and spiraling costs threaten to bankrupt our health care system. Meanwhile, in war-torn and impoverished nations, medical...
Dads Behaving Badly: In This First Installment of a Two-Part Meditation, We Are Reminded of Abraham's "Daddy Issues." Even This Exalted Father of Faith Had a Rocky Start
By ALICE CAMILLE, author of Invitation to the Old Testament (ACTA, 2004) and other titles available at alicecamille.com. IT'S BEEN SAID THERE ARE no good fathers in the Bible. Some will protest that Joseph of Nazareth did all right by his foster...
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I support comprehensive immigration reform because ... It is needed and a matter of justice as well as kindness. Terry Bruce Kansas City, Mo. Immigrants are not criminals. We need reform so people who come here to support their families...
Get off the Fence: Some Catholics Aren't So Sure about the Bishops' Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, but This Catholic Activist Says It's Time for the Entire Church to Stick Up for Immigrants
ASK ANY PRIEST OR NUN working with Latino immigrants in the United States, and they will tell you that many of their parishioners are living in a state of terror. Then ask them what the larger Catholic community is doing about it, and the answer will...
Have I Told You Lately ... Saying Those Three Little Words Makes a Big Difference for Busy Couples
ON THE 21ST OF EACH MONTH, MY DAD BRINGS MY mom flowers to mark their "monthly" anniversary. On the paper around the flowers he writes the number of months they've been married. They were wed on October 21, 1967, and, as far as I know, my dad has never...
Left to Chance?
During a study break this summer, while attempting to cool off in the barely cold air sputtering out of a precariously placed window AC unit, I heard a familiar tone coming from my laptop across the room. It was my husband instant messaging me. "This...
Thea-Logy: Being Sister Thea Bowman's Friend Was a Study in Living Joyfully Every Day
TWO DECADES AGO A REMARKABLE WOMAN died. The New York Times carried her obituary; the Jackson, Mississippi NBC affiliate televised her funeral; Mike Wallace had featured her on 60 Minutes two years before she died. And she was my friend. Memories...
The Case for Deacon Pam: While the Catholic Church Has Ruled out the Ordination of Women Priests, There Is No Such Categorical Ruling against Women Deacons
In the Catholic Church the question of women priests (and by implication women bishops) was put to rest with two modern documents. One is the 1976 Inter Insigniores (Declaration on the Question of Admission of Women to the Ministerial Priesthood) by...
Through a Glass Darkly: Mental Illness Is Still Murky Territory for Those Who Experience It, Their Families, and Their Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nor long after Rich Salazar moved to DeKalb, Illinois from California, he found himself knocking at the door of St. Mary's Church. The then-college student had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was in crisis...
To Eternity and beyond! Forget about Terrestrial Matters for a Moment and Think outside the Blue Planet
OUR AMERICAN SPIRIT IS STUCK--AND I'M NOT talking about that intangible dimension of our national identity that keeps us upbeat and confident in these "tough economic times." I mean that little multi-wheeled, remote-control land rover that's been combing...
What Is "Heresy"?
The ancient Greek word hairesis meant "choice" and identified one s intellectual choice among the many philosophies of late antiquity. The word originally carried no negative judgment. But Judaism and Christianity insisted that certain core ideas about...
When Bishops Brawled: Have You Ever Had a Fist Fight about the Natures of Christ? If You Have, You Would Fit Right in among Ancient Christians, Says This Church Historian
Christians today may take it on faith that Jesus has both human and divine natures, but any church historian will tell you that in the early church the question sparked a wild and even deadly debate that lasted for centuries, centering on three church...
When It's Hard to Be a Catholic: A Priest's Advice for a Friend Wrestling with Faith
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dear Liz, I feel your loss, and I am so sorry. You feel as if the church that gave you life has been taken from you. You have been shaped by our church, and while you may feel abandoned or "kicked out," please know that...