U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 78, No. 3, March

A Farewell to Arms?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A few weeks before Adam Lanza began his shooting rampage among children in Newtown, Connecticut last December, Catholic priests in Chicago were leading weary processions against gun violence on the city's gang-terrorized South...
A Royal Affair
A ROYAL AFFAIR Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (Magqnolia Pictures, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Danish director Nikolaj Arcel's historical romance, nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, tells how a German country doctor who became...
A Sad State of Affairs: It Takes Two to Commit the Sin of Adultery, but Women Often Get More Than Their Fair Share of the Blame
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some stories are told over and over because they never lose their relevance. Two thousand years ago John's gospel told of a mob's self-righteous condemnation of a woman caught in the act of adultery (8:1-11). And in 1877 Leo...
Back to the Drawinng Board
It was a story that could have appeared in any city newspaper: Historic old church faces demolition because its congregation can't afford the millions in maintenance that would prevent the building from being condemned. The members of St. James Parish...
Caste Off: Catholic Dalits (Untouchables)in India Are Divided over How to Improve Their Lot
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Franklin Caesar Thomas and R. L. Francis both attend Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi. Though the two lay activists with similar backgrounds may be polite on Sundays, they don't like each other. Like 70 percent...
Caught between Two Worlds: It's Past Time for the U.S. Catholic Church to Make Hispanic Ministry, Especially to Second-Generation Latinos, a Priority in Everything We Do
When Catholic parishes notice uncomfortable tensions between parishioners of different backgrounds, one of the people they call in as a "fixer" is University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy Matovina. Parishes that want to get better at dealing with...
From Death into Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Peace be with you." The hand extended at the sign of peace, the hand I grasp, may have also killed. Masses celebrated with men from Kentucky's death row are among the most powerful experiences I have had, not only as a death...
Genius Born of Anguish
GENIUS BORN OF ANGUISH By Michael W. Higgins and Kevin Burns (Paulist, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Radio producer Kevin Burns writes that he remembers thinking of best-selling author Henri Nouwen as "part of the Catholic furniture, someone...
How to Be a Breadhead
HOW TO BE A BREADHEAD By Fr. Dominic Garramone, O.S.B. (Reedy Press, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Never trust anyone on a no-bread diet. Anyone who has given up such a culinary staple should be approached with caution. There's a reason we...
In with the Old: Intriguing Discover Await in the More Neglected Books of the Old Testament
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Make a list of your 10 favorite books of the Bible. I'll bet very few Christians would include the Old Testament book Joshua on their lists. Fighting seems to be its major theme. The first half of Joshua concerns military...
I Thirst: When You Encounter Jesus on the Cross, Stop and Offer Him a Drink
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are places in the world where one can die of thirst while surrounded by water: the Dead Sea of Jordan, the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Saltier by far than even the oceans on which sailors have died, perhaps murmuring the...
I Was in Prison
I've only been to prison once in my life, but it sure was an eye-opening experience. About six years ago I joined a group of volunteers visiting Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, a state women's prison in New Jersey. Edna Mahan, like most prisons,...
Signed and Sealed in Blood
SIGNED AND SEALED IN BLOOD Dropkick Murphys (Born and Bred, 2013) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Notre Dame didn't quite win the college football championship in January, but this new album from the Dropkick Murphys can console the Irish-American...
Speaking from Experience: Having Laypeople Preach at Mass Would Give Voice to a Much-Needed Perspective on How to Live the Faith
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here I am once again, listening to a boring homily. "God is merciful. And, you know, you can seek God's mercy whenever you need it. Because God always forgives you if you are really sorry. As I said, God is full of mercy."...
Truth & Consequences: With U.S. Incarceration Rates at an Unsustainable High, Crime Victims Are Taking the Lead in an Effort to Rehabilitate Offenders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lonnie Jones was just 16 years old when he and a group of friends planned to burglarize an empty home in hopes of making some easy money. They broke into the dark house around 9 p.m. and had nearly completed the robbery when...
Who's Responsible for This?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the regrettably long catalog of sad human events, closing a Catholic school ranks right up there. You have sobbing children, sad and often furious parents, defensive administrators or religious-order sponsors, outraged...
Why Did Jesus "Descend into Hell"?
We sometimes say of people that they've been "to hell and back." Christianity says the same thing about our Savior. The statement is found in the Apostles' Creed, a profession of faith with origins that may go back to the questions asked of candidates...