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U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 76, No. 5, May

Blessed Are You: How Do We Honor a Pope Whose Complexities Are Still Fresh in Our Memory?
AS POPE JOHN PAUL II IS BEATIFIED MAY 1 BEFORE hundreds of thousands in St. Peter's Square, many will be recounting what made his papacy memorable: the throngs of young Catholics he gathered at World Youth Day; his many world travels that promoted...
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My biggest concern about sending a child to another church's VBS is... They'll think Mass is more boring than they already do. Jennifer Sheran Snellville, Ga. They might feel the need to defend their own faith too stridently, which would...
For the Beauty of the Earth: The Glory of God Can Be Found in the Leaves on the Ground and Clouds in the Sky
IN A SUMMER DAY IN SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN, AT the little resort where my family stays (formerly called a "motel"), guests leave their rooms and picnic tables to head toward the bluff at a certain time each evening. Along the lakeshore road, cars pull...
Inside Job
INSIDE JOB Directed by Charles Ferguson (Sony Pictures Classics, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While accepting the Oscar in February for his extraordinary documentary, Charles Ferguson noted that two years into a global economic meltdown caused...
Jesus Loves Me ... This I Know, for Vacation Bible School Told Me So. When School's out for the Summer, the Real Learning Begins-From the Baptists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GREW UP IN THE ONE TRUE CHURCH: HOLY GHOST CATHOlic Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Father Albert Henkel as my pastor. If you asked Father Henkel, all other churches were merely progressively lesser copies of the One...
King James Turns 400
This year the King James Bible, the English-speaking world's No. 1 bestseller of all time (an estimated 1 billion copies sold), celebrates its 400th anniversary. WORDS EVERLASTING Far be it from us, dear "long-suffering" reader, to "find a fly...
Learn Your Lines: It's Dress Rehearsal Time as Parishes Prepare for the New Mass
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was last Advent season when Andy Hentz first heard his pastor talk about the new Latin-to-English translations coming to the Mass. But it wasn't until Hentz, a mail carrier who reads Catholic magazines and listens to Catholic...
Many Nations under God: Parishes Cross Barriers of Language and Culture to Make Their Sunday Celebrations More Inclusive
When Gini Eagen came to Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia three decades ago, the parish had "a very white population," she says. Now Eagen is the church's pastoral associate, and things have changed. "We are today the Catholic...
Muslim on Main Street: Once an International Diplomat, This Scholar Now Seeks to Build Bridges between American Muslims and Their Neighbors
Akbar Ahmed has written a book of poetry and traveled the world as an anthropologist, but perhaps his most fitting title is ambassador. The former Pakistani ambassador to England, Ahmed has lived his life between cultures. Growing up in Pakistan,...
Of Gods and Men
OF GODS AND MEN Directed by Xavier Beauvois (Why Not Productions, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Accepting an award for his film, the French director of Of Gods and Men said, 'I don't want people to say bad things about Muslims in [France's]...
One for All: Jewish by Birth and Christian by Faith, Edith Stein Bore the Trials That Came with Both
TOWERING INTELLECT. CONTEMPLATIVE religious. Loyal friend. Such were a few of the many sides of Edith Stein. She's also like an older sister to me. During her lifetime in Germany, the country reeled from the death, destruction, and humiliating defeat...
Our Lips Are Sealed: A Priest Ponders Ways to Get Young Catholics to Confession
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] He was a 16-year-old Catholic high school student who entered my confessional during a school reconciliation service at a local retreat house where I assist with confessions. "I've done everything," he said, like some penitents...
Reality Check: Despite the Heartwarming Shows You See on TV, the Generosity of America's Rich Do Not Match Their Wealth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE BEGINNING REALITY TV WAS ABOUT THE PLEASURES of watching people behave very badly, so Survivor and Big Brother were runaway hits. Then reality TV was about the thrill of competition, so American Idol and The Amazing...
Share the Wealth: The Early Disciples Had More in Common Than Their Faith in Jesus. So What Does That Mean for Today's Believers?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WAS THE EARLY CHURCH A COMMUNE? If so, did that make the apostles communists? Curious capitalists would like to know. Biblically such ideals would be a departure from tradition. Jewish society was always a mixed bag of...
The More Things Change
My grandmother once told me that what my late grandfather loved most about being Catholic was that Mass was always the same no matter where you went. He meant that literally, since for pretty much his entire life Mass was in Latin everywhere in the...
Wedding by the Book: A Do-It-Yourself Reception Brings St. Paul's Famous Words about Love to Life
Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians--"If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love..." (12:31; 13:4-8)--is read so often at weddings that it has become a cliche. So I reviewed the passage repeatedly on the flight to my son's wedding....
We're Sticking to the Union: Don't Paint Public Workers as a Public Enemies; They're Just Working for the Common Good
A FEW DAYS AFTER MILWAUKEE ARCHBISHOP JEROME E. Listecki issued a statement acknowledging Wisconsin's mounting fiscal worries but deploring the use of that cash crunch as an excuse to bust the state's public sector unions, Madison Bishop Robert Morlino...
What Is Divine Mercy Sunday?
The world was in the midst of the Great Depression in 1931 and the memories of World War I were still very much alive in the minds of Europeans when in Poland a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938),...