U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 76, No. 6, June

A Few Brave Men: Iraqi Catholics Risk Their Lives to Join the Priesthood and Serve Their Own in a Turbulent State
Father Daud Barber of the College of St. Ephram in Qaraqosh, Iraq once traveled to Egypt, Syria, and Germany to study music and play the oud, an ancient stringed instrument. He performed with the symphony in Lebanon, he recounts, his coal-colored eyes...
A Tale of 2 Baptisms: It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Best of Times
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two o'clock Sunday afternoon, summer 2009. The church was beautiful but far too large for a small gathering of 80 believers. Having been to the baptismal mountaintop only last year, the fall on this Sunday was precipitous....
Bad Call: The U.S. Bishops' Recent Action against a Popular Theologian Has Some Catholics Crying Foul
ONLY CHURCH NERDS HAVE A LEAST FAVORITE Sunday of the year, but since I am one, I can with certainty say that mine is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost. Though the three-in-one divine nature is a central doctrine of Christian faith, it brings...
Is There a List of Infallible Teachings?
Most Catholics have a pet list of teachings that they wish would be declared infallibly, or ex cathedra (from the Chair of Peter). Odds are that these often revolve around hot-button issues like women's ordination, gay marriage, or the reform of the...
KMAG Yoyo
KMAG YOYO Hayes Carll (Lost High, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite the best efforts of the Nashville industry, country music refuses to die, and Hayes Carll's new album is living proof. It has lyrics about wandering ("Hard Out Here") and...
Listen Up: Sometimes Kids Just Need You to Hear Them Out
TWELVE-YEAR-OLD LIAM WAS HAVING AN OFF AFTERnoon. He had seemed fine when he came home from school, but within 45 minutes he had gotten into a fight with his older brother, Jacob, while the two were playing ball outside. When I brought Liam inside...
Morally Wounded: Grisly Photos of U.S. Soldiers Spotlight the Spiritual Injuries Our Men and Women in Combat Sustain in War, as Well as Their Tragic Results
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN MARCH THE GERMAN MAGAZINE DER SPIEGEL PUBLISHED photographs of a pair of U.S. soldiers posing with the corpse of an Afghan civilian they are accused of murdering. Stories in The New York Times and Rolling Stone reported...
Roads Less Traveled: As a Tour Guide, Rick Steves Directs Travelers to Hotels, Restaurants, and Museums in Europe, but He Points Them to God in the Developing World: The Editors Interview Rick Steves
Rick Steves says his journey as a travel writer follows Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. He started with "Rick's travel hierarchy of needs," he says: "Eating and sleeping on a budget, staying healthy, not getting ripped off, catching the train."...
Serve It Family Style: Mealtime Is the Right Time for Friendly Family Conversation
I often talk to Catholic parents about the importance of family meals for raising faith-filled kids. And when I ask them to recall a family meal that was particularly special, their eyes light up with memories and stories to tell. Sometimes the...
Should Catholics Go Away? Whether It's for Some R&R, Service, or Education, U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Say Pack Your Bags and Get Going
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CALL THEM GLOBETROTTERS, ROAD-TRIPPERS, JET-setters, or world travelers. Just don't call them homebodies. U.S. CATHOLIC readers are anything but. On the contrary, they are going places. And whether their travels take them...
Star Power: The Energy Policy of the Future Should Be Sung to the Tune of "Here Comes the Sun."
EVENTS OUT OF JAPAN PERSIST IN AN IRRADIATED gloom. The disaster unfolding in Fukushima Daiichi represents a level of calamity for which adjectives have yet to be invented. It's quite possible that in the end, in a replay of the Chernobyl disaster,...
Student Traveler
In June of 1990, my family set out on a several-week adventure that became one of the most important experiences of my childhood: a cross-country road trip. We embarked from Portsmouth, New Hampshire on a journey that would move our family to Sacramento,...
Take a Closer Look: There's More to Praying with Scripture Than the Words on the Page
AT MY 30TH CLASS REUNION, ONE OF THE LECTURES offered was by a young psychologist doing cognitive research. He showed us a three-minute video, and our task was to watch two basketball teams, one in white uniforms and one in black, and count the number...
Taste and See: If You Want to Feast on the Eucharist, Take a Big Bite out of the Bible
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LET'S PRESUME, FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT, THAT I'm normal. Normal people are always glad to do what they do well and prefer to avoid tasks that put their limitations on display. So when asked recently to address a group on...
The Adjustment Bureau
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU Directed by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In director George Nolfi's movie version of Philip K. Dick's sci-fi tale, Matt Damon is once again on the run from powerful bureaucrats in dark...
They're Baaack: After a Decades-Long Absence, Interest in Demonic Possession-And the Ritual to Defeat It-Is on the Rise
For more than a decade, Frank, a software consultant who lives near Silicon Valley; California has been haunted by depression and rage. Searching for remedies to lift his dark mood, Frank, 52, tried pills, therapy; even channeling spirits. Nothing...
What Bothers Me Most about My Own Traveling, Others" Traveling, or the Travel Industry in General Is
When others don't take advantage of the spiritual opportunity available to them by being in a new place and keeping their ears and hearts open to the word of God. Madeline Shoemaker Boone, N.C. Air travel can have its frustrations, especially...
Why Stay Catholic?
WHY STAY CATHOLIC? By Michael Leach (Loyola Press, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A few years ago a Catholic publisher asked Michael Leach to write a book on "101 reasons to be Catholic." He declined, saying he could only think of three. ...