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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 10, October

A Disease without Borders
The statistics about HIV/AIDS in Africa can be mind-numbing: In some countries more than a quarter of the population is infected; the number of AIDS orphans on the continent exceeds 12 million; and in sub-Saharan Africa, the tally of deaths from AIDS...
A Tough Sell
Sell what you own, give the money to the poor, and follow me, Jesus told the rich man. Does he ask us to do the same? IN A MANNER of speaking, I'm filthy rich. I live in one of the best countries ever invented in the history of human society. I...
Catholic Tastes
FAMILY COURT "The behaviour of His Majesty towards several of his wives has gone beyond acceptable bounds," declared England's top family law judge, Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss, during a mock trial of Henry VIII, the 16th-century English king whose...
Changing Pastors
shouldn't be like a blind date Pastor departing? Headache arriving? Don't fret. While finding a new pastor is no picnic, at least a few Catholics have ideas to help you through. When new pastor Father "Ray McNulty" looked out the winIll dow of...
Feedback
Q: As a Catholic, the single most important issue I tend to measure political candidates by is: Their integrity. If that is in place, issues will take care of themselves. Robert E. Gallagher Buffalo, N. Y. Consistency on all life issues. ...
FOUR Things Parishes Deserve from a New Pastor
"I feel like I did when my mother remarried and our new stepfather look over our family. Everything that was ours was suddenly his--our home, our rules, our lives. Whenever we protested, he said, `That was then. This is now.'" She paused. "Our new...
??Gracias a la Vida!
Cowboys toil in dust and grime in an old beer commercial, bringing in a herd of cattle from the range. Only when the last calf has been corralled, roped, and branded does the foreman shout, "Miller time!" In American culture, celebration has to be...
HOPE Strings ETERNAL
At Gandhi Ashram Elementary School, children from some of India's poorest Himalayan villages have been given the gift of music--and a lot more. They live in cramped mud slab houses without running water or electricity. Most cannot afford a pair...
JUST DO IT: How Practice Makes Catholic
Our outward displays of religion have been watered down by secular culture. This is unfortunate, says Father Robert Barron, because in order to know Catholicism, you must continually practice it. One of the earliest terms used to describe Christianity...
Keep Your Balance
In a recent newspaper article about the late Robert Runcie, the former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, his wife, Rosalind, talked about her need for diversions such as music, gardening, and fund-raising, saying, "Too much religion makes me go pop."...
Letters
Pick up the good book THE AUGUST ISSUE PRESENTS SOME ALARMING AND some good news, as well as much food for thought. This issue will move us all to keep reading God's Word as well as act more on God's Word. As for the Bible study program recommendations,...
Odds & Ends
Where have all the bumper stickers gone? The heyday of bumper stickers, the late 1960s and early '70s, proclaimed every imaginable position, attitude, political agenda, and thought--thinkable or unthinkable. Occasionally I see a relic from this...
Short-Order Prayer
Praying for hours is fine for some, but others like it keep it short and sweet. LIKE ROLLER COASTERS: THEY ARE A FAIRLY CLOSE metaphor for large chunks of my life and the lives of many of my friends. You slowly make your way up; then you quickly...
Spirituality Cafe
ON WILD FREEDOM: "The creator goes off on one wild, specific tangent after another, or millions simultaneously, with an exuberance that would seem to be unwarranted, and with an abandoned energy sprung from an unfathomable font. What is going on here?...
The Death Penalty on Trial
Death has its day--finally in the court of public opinion. A GROUP OF DISTINGUISHED ILLINOIS CITIZENS, including former Senator Paul Simon and attorney-novelist Scott Turow, did something remarkable last August. They sat in silence while some not-so-famous...
What Catholics Can Do for Their Country
American Catholics have a moral obligation to participate in the political process, argues Cathy O'Connell-Cahill. So cast your vote and encourage your kids. AN EASY QUESTION: WOULD YOU WANT YOUR KID TO BE a rock star? You can stop screaming "Nooooo"...
When TV Moms Attack
Gone are the days when June Cleaver and Carol Brady served up motherly advice along with the milk and cookies. In their place are thoroughly modern mother figures who prescribe heavy doses of tough love. Patrick McCormick wonders about the makeover....
Where to Look for Hidden Treasure
As Catholics we know that the whole world is charged with God's grandeur. HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED THE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW program on PBS? I love it when some guy comes in hauling what he thought was a spittoon only to find out it' s a rare Louis XIV...