U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 78, No. 1, January

Apply Yourself
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My daughter just finished her college application essays. Those of you with grade-schoolers, beware. You too will find yourself supervising your offspring during this torturous process before you know it. Despite the wonderful...
A Woman's Place
I met Angela between classes one day. She had just moved from Michigan, where she was studying social work. She envisioned pastoral work for herself and wanted to pursue a master of divinity degree. Her husband was obliging in her career plans, so...
Bad Medicine: Our Ailing Healthcare System Is in Desperate Need of a Check-Up
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imagine a hardworking and compassionate doctor on the verge of giving up practicing medicine because the financial incentives underlying our national "disease management system" won't let her get to know or care for her patients....
Buy the Book: Not All Bibles Are Created Equal. Here's How to Not Get Lost in the Translations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I need a Bible. What kind should I get?" My sister sounded frustrated as she described her quest for what she'd imagined would be a simple purchase. As the Bible is a sacred text of such magnitude, she'd figured all versions...
Flight
FLIGHT Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Paramount, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ernest Hemingway wrote that courage was "grace under pressure," and in Flight director Robert Zemeckis has created a taut drama about an airline pilot who manages to...
Get the Facts in Order: Catholic Women May Be Limited in the Roles They Can Take on Today, but History Tells a Different Story about Women in Church Leadership
After giving one of the three plenary addresses on the Eucharist at a gathering of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 1997, church historian Gary Marcy and two theologians were lambasted in an article for Commonweal by Cardinal Avery Dulles....
God Willing?
Of the many issues that drove last November's election, few might have guessed that "God's will" would become a major spoiler in the Indiana Senate race. When GOP candidate Richard Mourdock suggested that a life created through rape is "something God...
In Their Footsteps: Catholics Can Thank Women Theologians for 70 Years of Building Up the Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Kathy Barkdull started her career in parish ministry the same way have: The director of religious education at her parish the shoulder and asked if she would teach a class. With spirit and not much more, she agreed. Twenty-five...
Kicking the Habit: Catholic Women Have Moved beyond Caricatures. Pop Culture Needs to Do the Same
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] B*****s get stuff done," said Tina Fey in a February 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live. Fey was making a pitch for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. She continued, "That's why Catholic schools use nuns as teachers and...
Left out to Dry
A Year after the twin blows of Hurricane Irene and the great Halloween nor'easter, New Yorkers were treated to what must surely be the worst revival to ever hit the Great White Way. In painfully familiar waves, two vast storms hit town in late October...
Scandal
SCANDAL By Angela Senander (Liturqical Press, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If asked to reflect on the word scandal, most Catholics would immediately think of the clerical sexual abuse scandal that continues to reverberate in both the church and...
Sing the Delta
SING THE DELTA Iris DeMent (Flariella Records, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At 51, Iris DeMent is no spring chicken, but her music can seem like a time capsule from someplace long, long ago. She was born near Paragould, Arkansas, but when DeMent...
Stand Alone Moms: Single Mothers Encounter Both Comfort and Challenges While Raising Their Kids Catholic
For Rosa Manriquez, it was the Catholic school's father-daughter dance. For Wendy Diez, it was the e-mail from the preschool teacher addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Diez." For Jeannie French, it was schools not offering babysitting on parent-teacher...
The Cost of Living: We Should All Be Willing to Chip in So the Poor in Our Global Economy Don't Get Short-Changed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At a Catholic school retreat, my coworkers and I led fifth graders in a team-building game. Four groups, each with a Hula Hoop, had to get all of their classmates shoes into their own hoop. They could carry only two shoes...
The Word with Friends
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We were working through a particularly difficult section of Isaiah, with lots of doom and gloom, retribution and dire prophecy, when Megan said, "This is really hard for me. I joined this Bible study so my faith would grow...
We Were Called Sister: We Filled Our Souls with the Lives of the Saints and the Lives of the People
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We were called Immaculata. We were called Concepta. We were called Chrysostom, Eusebius, and Stanislaus, after a Polish boy-saint. We were called Bernard, John, and Thomas after our fathers and Theresa, Elizabeth, and Maureen...
What Is Original Sin?
You won't find the phrase "original sin" in the Bible. The story of humanity's "fall" in Genesis doesn't use the term, and St. Paul, one of the church's earliest theologians, only hints at it in places. After the first century the early church fathers...