U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 9, September

A Little Less Confrontation, a Little More Action: After More Than 30 Years of Stalemate, Some on Both Sides of the Abortion Debate Are Ready to Put Down Their Signs and Start Trying to Work Together
Benedictine Sister Adrienne Kaufmann spent many years as a bridge between her profile and pro-choice friends. "I always found myself caught in the middle, trying to explain pro-choice people to prolife people, and prolife people to pro-choice people,"...
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Book Report
Editors always seem to have their noses in a book, and the U.S. Catholic are no exception Here's what we've been reading lately. Megan Sweas Assistant editor Karen Armstrong was "withdrawn, bitter, weary, frightened, and ill" for much of her...
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Don't Put Away Childish Things: Jesus Had a Good Reason for Telling His Followers to Be like the Little Ones
A SMALL GIRL BUBBLED OVER WITH ENTHUSIASM ABOUT the movie she'd just watched: Corpse Bride. Those who have seen Tim Burton's deliciously creepy romance know that Victor, the protagonist, must choose between the love of his more traditional above-ground...
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Extending Family: Is There Really Only One Way to Make a Catholic Household?
EARLY IN JUNE, JUST AS THE U.S. SENATE WAS DEBATING a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the Pontifical Council on the Family issued a document that in no uncertain terms rejected that and more. "Family and Human Procreation" not only...
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Feedback
What the church teaches me about caring for my body is ... That my body allows me to be Christ's hands, eyes, and voice now, in this time. I need to care for my physical self to be a Christian. Barbara Frank Spring Green, Wis. The church...
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Fixer-Upper
LUIS SOLER GREW UP IN ALPHABET CITY, TOUGH turf on New York City's Lower East Side. During the 1970s and '80s, the neighborhood--named for the Avenues A, B, C, and D that run through it--was notorious for drugs and crime. His family endured the kind...
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Food for Thought
Yellow, yellow, and brown. These were the colors on my plate as I sat down to eat dinner with my Catholic volunteer community one night last year. A healthy meal, I have heard, includes a variety of colors. Indeed, my monochromatic dinner consisted...
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He Probably Thinks This Song Is about Him
Some legends have staying power. Are there really alligators lurking in city sewers poised to rear their ugly heads through manhole covers and devour little kids and old ladies crossing streets? Do politicians really take bribes? Are some libraries...
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How Did the Mass Become BYOB?
Wine possesses a multi-layered significance that brings Christians into communion with Christ but also with one another, with our Jewish heritage, and with cultures preceding our own. It serves as a flavor-enhancing, pleasure-giving element of the...
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In Memory of Me: An Interview with Patricia Humpl
"Don't get complicated, quit trying to figure out what you believe, just follow your instinct. I felt, in fact, I was following my instinct to wonder." Patricia Hampl writes this about her pilgrimages in Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative...
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Is It a Sin to Be Fat? Protect Us, Lord, from the Chips and the Chocolate! Our Bodies Are Temples of the Holy Spirit, It's True. So When Does the Food That Gives Us Sustenance and Pleasure Become a Spiritual Obstacle?
FIVE POUNDS. THAT'S HOW MUCH I GAINED OVER THE holidays last winter. Oh well. I figured I'd work it off by summer. Besides, it was just normal participation in the holiday spirit--socially accepted gluttony, all committed in the name of the Incarnation....
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Let's Still Do Lunch: U.S. Workers Are Giving Away the Gains of Previous Generations and Getting Nothing in Return
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH, WE'VE ALL been told, but in the near future there may be no such thing as lunch, period. Following quickly on the demise of the 40-hour work week, collapsing health and pension benefits, and the renaissance of...
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Separation Anxiety: How Intertwined Should Religion and Politics Be in America? Authors of New Books Are Voting on the Issue
THE NEW MILLENNIUM DID NOT USHER IN GOD'S reign with an apocalyptic bang, but the last decade has witnessed a worldwide explosion of faith-based politics that most diplomats and world leaders found as unexpected as the Second Coming. Today, however,...
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Tough Guy: When You Need a Warrior to Combat the Darkness, Call on St. Mike to Kick Some Butt
HARRY POTTER AND HIS LESSONS ON "DEFENSE against the dark arts" have nothing on our defender, St. Michael the Archangel. For me, Michael almost got lost in the shuffle when many devotions became religiously passe in the wake of Vatican II. And so it...
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