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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 8, August

A Case for the Priesthood: Though Ordained Ministry Brings a Suffering All Its Own, the Reward Is Great for Those with a Passion for Ministry and a Love for God's People
When playwright and diplomat Claire Booth Luce as considering becoming Catholic, she would look at Catholics and say to herself, "You say you have the truth. Well, the truth should set you free, give you joy. Can I see your freedom? Can I feel your...
A Mother's Anguish: Beneath the Clergy Sex-Abuse Headlines Is a Lifetime of Suffering
I AM A MOTHER OF A SON WHO WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY our parish priest. Since the exposure of this grim period in our church, I have wondered where I went wrong. Why did I fail to protect my son from the horrific abuse he suffered for more than four years?...
Attack of the Drones: Take Cover! the Killer Robots of the Silver Screen May Soon Be Appearing in a War Zone near You
"THEY'RE BAAAACK!" ROBOTS, THAT IS--BACK at the local cineplex. In the past few years we've seen more upgrades of robot stories than of Microsoft Windows. An old Isaac Asimov tale about rebelling robots was revived in I, Robot. Ira Levin's satirical...
Closing Arguments: Though They Agree That Sometimes a Parish Must Be Closed, U.S. Catholic Readers Have Plenty of Suggestions on How the Process Might Be Improved
LAST YEAR, THE ARCHDIOCESE of Boston announced the closing of 65 parishes in what Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley called a "radical reconfiguring" of the nation's fourth largest Catholic diocese. The closings, coming two years after the clergy sexual abuse...
Don't Miss the Second Half; the Editors Interview Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M
As he's entered middle age, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, who has been riding the spirituality circuit for more than 30 years, has started to think about, life in halves: the first dedicated to establishing boundaries and a sense of self in one s...
Forgive Us Our Fish?
Every person who has attempted to learn another language can tell you funny stories about their mispronunciations, misstatements, and other mistakes along the way. But somehow it seems a little more embarrassing for a priest who, let's say, absolves...
How Are the Sunday Readings Chosen?
Scripture is proclaimed on Sunday according to a schedule of passages called a lectionary. For Roman Catholics it is the Lectionary for Mass and for many other Western churches, the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). The earliest Christians simply...
How the War Becomes Us; What Are We Sacrificing in the War on Terror?
ABU GHRAIB, BAGRAM AIR BASE, AND AN UNSPEAKABLE-hellhole-to-be-named-later in an FBI, Amnesty International, or Red Cross report; ghost detainees, child detainees; torture in Iraq, torture in Afghanistan, torture in Cuba; criminal probes into more...
In Good Company: Adoration Isn't So Much about Adoring as It Is about Spending Time with a Friend
AS A STUDENT AT ST. SIMON'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, I remember kneeling before the altar, gazing at the Blessed Sacrament displayed in its metal sunburst of a monstrance. I remember our pastor walking the host slowly around the church, blessing the congregation,...
Mother Earth's Sisters: More and More Orders of Religious Women Are "Going Green," Renewing the Earth While Also Revitalizing Their Communities
Bright yellow daffodils (or jonquils, as they're called in these parts) brighten the hillsides every spring on the 700-acre home of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, Kentucky. Bluebirds and wild canaries flit from branch to branch in the nearby...
Pius to the 13th Degree?
Did I read it wrong? Pope Pius XIII? Was there really an extra Roman numeral "I" there, or was I just seeing things? The last Pope Pius, the XII, died in 1958, and since then we have had one John (XXIII), one Paul (VI), two John Pauls (I and II), and...
To Err Is Divine; Jesus' Humanity Is an Oft-Forgotten Element of His Dual Nature
ACCORDING TO THE 1960s parochial school climate in which I was taught, Jesus divinity far outpaced his humanity. Of course no one said that in so many words. We memorized the doctrine that clearly stated: "Jesus is fully human and fully divine." We...
Trouble on the Home Front: As McMansions Crowd Affordable Housing out of the Free Market, How Can a Just Society Build a Decent Home for All?
"O God, you are able to transform lives," the Rev. Zaki L. Zaki tells the faithful gathered for this Holy Saturday ecumenical service. "We believe you can transform communities." Zaki, pastor of the East Side United Methodist Church in South Chicago,...
Who Is Your Kids' Best Teacher of the Faith? You Are! You Don't Need a Degree in Theology to Pass Your Faith on to Your Kids. Here Are Five Ways to Make the Most of the Everyday Teachable Moments
No matter where you looked, you couldn't miss the nervous looks on parents' faces all over the room. Nearly 100 of us gathered in the church basement for the first session to help our 7-year-olds prepare for their First Reconciliation. On this particular...