U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 11, November

All in the Family: A Journalist Tries to Get the Real Scoop on His Cousin the Saint
The halls of Riuniti Hospital in Reggio Calabria were bustling that summer day with white-coated doctors and orderlies. The P.A. system blared as southern Italians waited in long lines for care. I had come for something else. I had come to see a medicine...
Can St. Anthony Help Me Find My Keys?
When my mother was a gift, she lost a ring that meant a lot to her. Given that she was a very devout child, she did what any right-thinking Italian American in her neighborhood would do: Go to the statue of St. Anthony of Padua in church and pray for...
Catholic High Schools Aren't Just for the Rich: The High Cost of Catholic Education Leaves Many in the Dust. One Mother Argues That It Will Take the Whole Church to Pick Up the Children Who Are Left Behind
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LAST FALL I FOUND MYSELF PLANTING A YARD SIGN IN front of a modest house in Toledo, Ohio. I thought about the high school girl the sign was celebrating. "Home of a new NDA Eagle!" it announced. By the look of her house,...
College Sex 101
Because of a scheduling conflict I arrived late to our recent group interview with college professor Donna Freitas. As I opened the door to our library, the first few words of the discussion in progress quickly revealed that this was not your typical...
Do This in Memory: Gathering and Displaying Reminders of Lost Loved Ones Can Connect Us to Our Own Personal Communion of Saints
ONE DAY A FRIEND OF MINE CALLED A CLASSMATE from college with whom she had not talked in years, only to learn that the woman's 7-month-old baby had recently died. Resisting her impulse to end the conversation quickly, my friend was inspired to ask...
Feedback
If I were in charge of the Catholic high schools in my diocese, in order to keep them affordable to everyone I would ... Try to instill the stewardship program in every parish. Ray Grabar Bismarck, N.D. Partner with public high schools...
Garden-Variety Martyr: Digging Your Own Grave Takes on a Whole New Meaning
Sister Angeline, a nun with a sour disposition, should have retired from teaching sometime during the Truman administration. As she droned on one afternoon, under the misconception that I really cared about algebra or world geography, I reached to...
Life Death Love and Freedom
LIFE DEATH LOVE AND FREEDOM John Mellencamp (Hear Music, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For almost 30 years John Mellencamp has used the foundation of '60s garage band rock to express the joys and frustrations he's shared with his southern Indiana...
Now That's a Cold War! Let's Melt These Nationalists' Cold, Cold Hearts and Build an Arctic Circle of Cooperation
RETREATING ICE BRIEFLY TURNED THE ARCTIC CIRCLE into an island paradise of sorts for modern-day '49ers of all stripes and nationalities. As summer 2008 ended, the fabled Northwest Passage--the route through the Arctic Ocean at the northern edge of...
Reel Politics: Hollywood Tells Us That Cleaning Up Washington Depends on the Integrity of Those We Send There. but That's Only Part of the Story
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOON THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WILL BE OVER, and the airways will be flee of electoral promises and polls, for a few months at least. During this brief hiatus political junkies who can't get their daily dose of campaign...
School Spirit: A Sixth-Grader's Wish to Keep His School Open Inspired a Community to Make It Come True
The graduation ceremony for Tommy Geromichalos and fellow members of St. Cyril of Alexandria School's Class of 2008 seemed typical enough. Forty-seven students dressed in maroon and gold graduation robes and lined up to receive their diplomas. After...
Sex, Lies, and Hook-Up Culture: It Seems That Easy Sex Is Rampant on College Campuses Today, but New Research Reveals That Students Really Want Romance
When Donna Freitas offered a class on dating and spirituality at St. Michael's College in Vermont, she didn't know her students would want to change the social scene at the Catholic liberal arts school. But when they learned that none of them liked...
Sticker Shock: Are Catholic Colleges and Universities Worth the Price of Admission?
As almost all college students and their parents can tell you, paying for college hurts. For Jan VonHandorf, a sense of dread re-emerged in the summer after her son Dusty completed his first year at the University of Notre Dame. "In August $18,000...
Sure Foundation: Bricks and Mortar Can't Restrict God's Presence, but They Often Lead Us to It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHERE DID YOU BEGIN YOUR LIFE AS A CATHOLIC? For many of us, our first parish remains a benchmark of what "church' is or can be. Even if it wasn't a particularly happy environment, the building itself becomes in our memory...
The Godless Delusion: Don't Listen to Those New Atheists, Says This Vatican Astronomer. You Shouldn't Have to Choose between Science and Faith
Last fall, I confess, I was in the habit of looking into every bookstore I came across for the bright yellow cover of my latest book, God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion (Jossey-Bass). In every store I would find a...
The Real Lives of the Saints: They May Look Sweet on Holy Cards, but the Catholic Cloud of Witnesses Contains Plenty of Thunder
POPE BENEDICT XVI PLANS TO BEATIFY A GAY MAN next spring, but only after first covering up the fact that he was gay--at least that's the startling (albeit unlikely) claim of gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. Tatchell grabbed headlines when he denounced...
The Wire
THE WIRE Created by David Simon (HBO, 2002-2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The language, violence, and sexuality in the five seasons of David Simon's sprawling urban novel about Baltimore cops and drug dealers made it too rough for network TV...
Valley of the Shadow: Even When a Loved One Leaves This World, Their Light Shines On
"A MIDYING?" MY MOTHER ASKED ME ONE AFTERNOON in April. She had been in hospice care for months, but to my morn I bet this didn't mean much. She'd been feeling OK, though thinner, tired, a bit confused now and then. She still wanted to walk although...