U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 11, November

"As Benedictines, We Profess to Be Listeners to the Movement of God in Our Lives."
U.S. CATHOLIC Magazine is proud to honor the Benedictine Sisters of Erie with the 2002 U.S. CATHOLIC Award for furthering the cause of women in the church "Benedictine communities of men and women were never intended to be part of the hierarchical...
At the Hour of Our Death: In the Face of Impending Death Catholics Have Faith Tools to Ready Them. (Practicing Catholic)
"ONE NICE THING ABOUT BEING CATHOLIC," a friend remarked the other day, "is that there's always something specific to do in moments of crisis." The greatest crisis we may meet in life is death--especially in a society obsessed with denying that...
A Visit to the White House. (Odds & Ends)
Jesuits in the White House? Oh no! Oh yes. Not the White House in Washington, D.C., rather the White House in St. Louis, Missouri. This White House, beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi and the flatlands of Illinois...
Bad News on the Rise: As Publishers Release More and More Books about the Clergy Sex-Abuse Crisis, the Question Remains, "Does Anyone Really Want to Read More about This?" (Special Fall Book Section)
A long line has formed at the information desk at Borders, so I wait my turn behind a student studying her syllabus and a tourist-type probably looking for a beach-read recommendation. When the young man behind the desk gets to me, I ask, "Do you have...
In the Cathedral Game, Size Matters. (News)
"Topping New York by one foot was too much fun to avoid," reads the Web site of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in a list of "fun facts" about the nation's newest and largest cathedral, Our Lady of the Angels, built to surpass St. Patrick's Cathedral...
Is Baptism a God-Given Rite? or Is It Appropriate for Parishes to Require Some Level of Commitment on the Part of Parents? Baptism Is Serious Business, Argues Michael J. Daley, So the Church Has a Right-Perhaps Even a Duty-To Find out If Parents Are Serious about Their Catholic Faith. (Sounding Board)
I ALWAYS GET THE CALL. IT'S BOTH THE BLESSING AND curse of having a theology degree. When my mom was considering an annulment, I got the call. Later, when she was contemplating whether or not to have her new marriage blessed, I got the call. When she...
Morning Offerings: Is the Daily Mass Community-And Its Wisdom-Becoming an Endangered Species? (the Examined Life)
IT IS A WEEKDAY MORNING, 8:25 TO BE EXACT, AND THE daily Mass is about to begin. I quietly slip into the day chapel at the parish where I work and squeeze into a chair between two benevolent white-haired women. We begin our morning together in song...
New Road, Same Old Path? Guatemala's New Highway Is One Small Sign of Hope. but Will This Be a Road to Peace and Prosperity?
The new highway through Alta Verapaz follows the crazy, winding path that the mountains allow it to Coban and other cities of the Guatemalan interior. Journeys that once took days now pass in hours. This modern, two-lane highway is a tangible sign...
Our Oily New Friends in West Africa: Americas SUVs Are Driving Some Bad Foreign Policy Decisions. (Margin Notes)
ONE DAY AFTER THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of 9/11, during a time when his administration seemed almost pathologically determined to maneuver America between Iraq and a very hard place, President Bush had a little-noticed meeting with a group of political...
What Is a See? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
Have you ever met the bishop of Numluli, Afufenia, Vatarba, Gisipa, or Tusurus? It's not as unlikely as you may think. They are in fact the auxiliary bishops of Baltimore, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Detroit, Brooklyn, and Washington. Few Catholics...
What Makes a Good Funeral? the Editors Interview Thomas Lynch. (Special Fall Book Section)
Many writers have day jobs--some wait tables while others froth up coffees at Starbucks. But directing funerals as an undertaker? Not usually. Essayist and poet Thomas Lynch took on this family business with his siblings in his father's tradition....
When Mourning Comes
I have always been surprised when I learn from friends that they have been to very few, if any, funerals. That makes me a funeral pro, because I've been attending them regularly most of my life. The first funeral I remember was my grandmother's, when...
Worth the Wait: When Our Prayers Seem to Go Unanswered, We Must Trust as the Wise Bridesmaids Did, and Keep the Light on for God. (Testaments)
MY SISTER EVELYN WAITED A LONG TIME BEFORE she met the man she would marry. Gosh, she was darn near the end of her life--over 30 for goodness sake--and still single. It was dreadful, especially for those of us who had to listen to her bewail her isolation....