U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 12, December

Advance Bishop
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Climbing the corporate ladder in our business-driven culture is generally applauded. Who doesn't want the corner office, the big salary, and the perks of joining the true "company men" (who are still usually men, after all)?...
Argo
ARGO Directed by Ben Affleck (Warner Brothers, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Films based on true events face the dual challenge of making real life captivating on the big screen and of keeping a story engaging for an audience that likely already...
Babel
BABEL Mumford & Sons (Luna Park Records, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's the elevator pitch on Mumford & Sons: U2 meets Old Crow Medicine Show at Bruce Springsteen's house. They have Old Crow's rootsy instrumentation and vintage...
By Their Fruits
Having worked for more than 20 years at Claretian Publications, I have seen and been a part of a great many changes. Some of them were long overdue breaks with "the way we've always done it," the adoption of exciting new technologies and resources,...
Career Builder: Tom Owens Helps People Get Past Life's Stumbling Blocks and Up the Ladder of Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's unusual for a corporate executive or a college president to know the names of each employee or student. But then, Tom Owens is not your standard bigwig, and his organization, The Cara Program, is not your typical nonprofit....
Francis of Assisi
FRANCIS OF ASSISI By Andre Vauchez (Yale Press, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Francis the ecologist, Francis the stigmatic, Francis the peace activist, Francis the crusader. With so many Francis of Assisis, anyone can pick a favorite. In Francis...
Gandhi and the Unspeakable
GANDHI AND THE UNSPEAKABLE By James W. Douglass (Orbis, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a slight book, but a profound one: In just 126 pages, author and theologian James Douglass explores the conspiracy behind the assassination of Mahatma...
I Hate to Say It: Sticks and Stones Are Never an Acceptable Response, Even When Others' Words May Hurt Us
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On September 18 Salman Rushdie published Joseph Anton: A Memoir (Random House), recounting the nine years he spent in hiding after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni issued a fatwah in 1989, sentencing Rushdie to death for writing...
Jesus Christ: The Missing Years: Not Much Is Known about the Son of God's Life as a Teenager, but It Could Have Involved Rec League Basketball
You know the story: We see Him at age 12 in the Temple, giving His parents lip, and then we do not see Him again for 18 years, until He goes on an extended speaking tour, seemingly finishing His run in Jerusalem, but then, stunningly, not. But with...
Joyful Mysteries: After Visiting the Virgin of Juquila in Oaxaca, Mexico, an American Pilgrim Finds the Church Family She's Never Known
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For the faithful, the pilgrimage to the Virgin of Juquila begins at the Cerro de Pedimiento, the Asking Hill. Nestled by the pine-forested mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, the pilgrims pedir, or ask, the Virgin for a favor and...
Language Barrier: An Old Principle of Canon Law Offers Guidance on the New Mass Translations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is needless disturbance in the church today. In Austria_ and Ireland even groups of priests are threatening disobedience' and bishops are menacing them with sanctions. At the root of many current church conflicts, I...
O Come Let Us Get Ready
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jamie and Carol and their four children, ages 9 to 15, try to avoid looking at any Christmas decorations before Advent begins. It's a playful practice with a deeper meaning. "We love to shop, and our favorite store hangs...
Out of the Ashes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. So what happens when the martyr whose blood is shed happens to be a diplomat? The murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya was a tragedy on a number...
Vatican 2.0
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, we examine the church's role in bioethics, Asia, social media, and liturgical reform. The entire series...
What Are You Waiting for? God Promised to Send a Messiah, but Could Anyone Have Expected the Baby in the Manger?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December each year, there's a list of things I find myself anticipating. Like that first blanketing snowfall, hefty enough for sledding. Or the savory smell of my grandmother s kitchen when her holiday duck is on the coal...
Who Invented the Nativity Scene?
If you missed the feast of Francis of Assisi in October, the Christmas season offers another opportunity to commemorate the saint. Anyone who has erected a nativity scene is following Francis' 13th-century example. On Christmas Eve 1223, the saint...
Words Fail Us: The View from the Pew: Reporting Straight from the Pews after a Year of the New Translations, U.S. Catholic Readers Say They Are Still Stumbling through the Prayers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stilted, awkward, unnatural, strange, choppy, clumsy, obtuse. If you read these words in a movie review, would you head for the ticket line or run in the opposite direction? What about wooden, tortured, terrible, ridiculous,...
Words Fail Us: The View from the Pulpit: The New Missal Has Made Priests Watch Their Language, but after One Year Most Say the Meaning of the Mass Is Getting Lost in Translation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There was plenty of chatter in the pews when the new Roman Missal landed in parishes last November, as Catholics fretted about the at times awkward or confusing responses that would replace their old familiar prayers. But...