U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, April

All Is Write with the World
A heart-stopping drama is portrayed in the Gospel of John 8:1-11 -- the story of a woman caught in adultery. There is a life or death challenge for Jesus to decide. And the story unrolls with a little-noticed example for Christians. Jesus writes...
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Annulments: Coming to Understand What Never Was
Mary Sue Williams and Cathy Miettunen lived just a few blocks apart in a tree-lined, middle-class neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota when both went through the Catholic Church's annulment process following their civil divorces. Williams and Miettunen...
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Annulments Shouldn't Be One-Size-Fits-All
As my marriage of ten years was coming apart, my non-Catholic husband and I sought counseling from a Catholic priest. After several sessions, the priest spoke with me alone and asked why I was not considering divorce. Along with my answer of the "stigma,"...
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A Place to Call Home
In Matthew 25:34-40 Jesus tells us how to put our love for our neighbor in action. In the first in a series on the Corporal Works of Mercy, U.S. Catholic takes a look at how modern Christians shelter the home@ less. The Christian influence has...
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Don't Make the Devil the Fall Guy
The devil is the world's most notorious scapegoat, taking the blame for humankind's worst sins. Playing the devil's advocate, Patrick McCormick pins the pointed tail on the real culprits of evil deeds -- guess who? The Devil made me do it. -- comedian...
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Grounds for Annulments
What constitutes grounds for a decree of nullity to be granted? Marriage tribunals in the United States approve most annulment requests-that is, declare that the sacramental bond was never established fight from the beginning of a marriage-primarily...
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Is Good News No News?
Conventional wisdom that has become legend, although it may not be true, tells of a newspaper that resolved to publish only good, positive news. In a short time, so the story goes, the paper was forced to shut down its presses and close its doors....
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It Takes Many Cultures to Make One Faith
The editors interview Father Marcello Azevedo, S.J. For centuries, "You're wrong, and we're right', seemed to be the model for gaining Christian converts. Not anymore, says Jesuit Father Marcello Azevedo. Inculturation is the preferred method,...
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Keep God out of the Big Leagues
CHICAGO CUBS SLUGGER SAMMY Sosa often crosses himself before stepping into the batter's box, presumably praying for a productive plate appearance. Maybe it works: He hit 40 home runs in 1996, a season abbreviated by a broken hand. Maybe it doesn't:...
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Something to Hang Your Faith On
Religious medals are one of the affectionate trademarks of Catholicism, familiar even to non-Catholics. (As a hard-bitten Irish cop in "The Untouchables," Sean Connery sported a Saint Jude medal. Alas, the prohibition baddies "iced" him anyway.) Yet...
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There Are Two Ways about It
Sometimes I have real difficulty relating to the Jesus I find in scripture. Beyond the obvious differences -- he lived in the first century, I in the twentieth; he was a Jew, I am a Christian; he is God, I am not -- are the difference of what I will...
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The Truth about Annulments
Too many Catholics don't really know much about annulments, and what they think they know is likely wrong. Around the United States, people who work in marriage tribunals and those who minister to the divorced and separated in parishes express...
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