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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 2, February

All in a Day's Work: Dorothy Day * Witness for Peace
ON AUGUST 6, 1976 DOROTHY DAY WAS INVITED TO address the World Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. The date of her talk was, of course, the Feast of the Transfiguration. But it was also, at least on the Catholic Worker calendar, the anniversary of...
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Blues and Lamentations
BLUES AND LAMENTATIONS Kate Campbell (Large River Music, 2005) How many artists have a page on the Country Music Television website and quotes from Zora Neale Hurston, Annie Dillard, and Georgia O'Keeffe on their CD booklet? The answer is one: Kate...
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Does True Love Have to Wait? While She Agrees with Much of Catholic Teaching on Sexuality, This Young Catholic Believes That the Church Needs to Listen More to the Lived Experiences of Young Adults. She Argues That Waiting for Marriage Isn't Always the Only Moral Choice
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEEDS TO LISTEN MORE TO THE experiences of young adult Catholics in its approach to sex before marriage. I'm not talking about casual sex, and I'm not talking about teenagers having sex. I'm talking about adults in committed relationships,...
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Do Protestants and Catholics Read from the Same Book?
A BIBLE IS A BIBLE, OR IS IT? When I taught religion at a Catholic high school, I always had to tell my students to be sure they had a Bible that was "Catholic." Why did I have to make this clarification? While all Christian Bibles have the same...
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Faithful Attraction
Two good friends of mine recently joined the same lay movement I belong to, the Teresians, an international association committed to the development of the full potential of human beings through education and culture. At the commitment celebration...
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Feedback
The best thing the church teaches about sex is ... That sexual relationships ought to be self-liberating, other-enriching, honest, faithful, life-serving, socially responsible, and joyous. Kay Parish Madison, Wis. Sex in marriage is sacramental--a...
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE Directed by Mike Newell (Warner Brothers, 2005) The fourth installment of J. K. Rowling's magical saga adds the demons of adolescence to the litany of monsters confronting school chums Harry (Daniel Radcliffe),...
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It's Mardi Gras Time!
This year Mardi Gras is February 28, the fat and festive Tuesday immediately preceding the abstemious and austere Ash Wednesday that begins the holy season of Lent. Celebrations this year in New Orleans, abbreviated but not abandoned, will culminate...
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Leading Ladies of the Early Church: Women Who Serve the Church Today Can Find Friends and Foremothers in the Working Women of Early Christianity
ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS A YOUNG DOCTORAL STUDENT, a concerned older priest asked me what I would ever do with a doctorate in biblical studies, as if it were somehow odd for a woman religious to study scripture. I was startled at his question,...
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Not One Life More: While We Concoct an Honorable Exit Strategy, the Dying Continues in Iraq
I AM WATCHING A DOCUMENTARY ON THE 2004 PACIFICATION of Falluja, a town in Iraq, the cradle of civilization. It alleges that American Marines rained white phosphorous shells on this Sunni community, killing and wounding civilians. I am puzzled at how...
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Opus Dei: Secretive Cult or "Work of God"?
Thanks to the continued success of Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code (Doubleday), including the film version that will hit theaters later this spring, the Catholic group Opus Dei (www.opusdei.org) has been thrust into the media spotlight, causing...
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Peace Offering: Instead of Crying over Spilled Marshmallows, This Mother Offers the Sign of Peace
I'VE ALWAYS LIKED THE SIGN OF PEACE. AS A CHILD IT WAS MY favorite part of our all-school liturgies. The sign of peace provided an excuse to move around a little--to stretch across pews and vigorously shake hands with as many classmates as I could...
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Rise, Put Down Your Baggage, and Go; Sometimes What Needs Healing the Most Are the Things We Find Hard to Let Go
MY DOWN-ON-HER-LUCK FRIEND IS BACK, LOOKING as bad as ever. The landslide that has been Margie s life just keeps rolling down toward the abyss. Margie is a Greek tragedy heading for final devastation when the stage is hip-deep in soliloquy and littered...
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Show Me the Way to Go Home; the Nice Thing about a Universal Church Is That You're Never Far from Family
Once a year I have to leave home and travel to a big city for training. My friends say, "Oh, boy! What fun!" I think, "Five full days in the clutches of airlines and hotels." Usually I'm up at dawn, slipping into my sneakers and a windbreaker,...
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Super Catholics? Sizing Up the New Lay Movements
One Sunday morning Alexis Crow heard a homily at her local Newman Center that changed her life. As the University of Wisconsin sophomore listened to a young seminarian share his vocation story from the pulpit, something tugged at her heart. "I didn't...
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The Real Hero of Hotel Rwanda
The editors interview Paul Rusesabagina When we arrived at the Chicago Hilton to meet Paul Rusesabagina, he told us we were standing in one of the best hotels in the world. And he should know, he's stayed at thousands of them all over the world...
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What I Learned from Father Dan; Many Gay Priests Have Served and Continue to Serve Our Church Well. Let's Not Make Them Scapegoats for the Sins of Others
IN OUR CHURCH AND IN THE MEDIA THERE HAS BEEN much talk about the recently released Vatican instruction on vocation discernment and gay seminarians. As a middle-aged, married woman and the mother of two teenage children who has worked for most of her...
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What Price Justice? Four Years after Independence East Timor's Future Depends on Difficult Choices about Justice, Reconciliation, and Economic Recovery
End violence in East Timor Claretian Father Cyrus Banque is a jovial host, with warm greetings for everyone and an engaging smile. But when the topic of conversation turns to justice and reconciliation for the new nation of East Timor, the Filipino...
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What They Overcame: Being a Modern-Day Martyr Has Less to Do with How One Dies Than for What One Lives
OCTOBER 19 IS THE FEAST OF THE NORTH AMERICAN martyrs, eight 17th-century Jesuits who gave their lives for the faith; and last year, in the weeks before and after this feast, Constance Baker Motley, Vivian Malone Jones, and Rosa Parks joined the ranks...
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