U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 78, No. 10, October

Annie Get Your Background Check
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Our nation's culture of violence is out of control. It's time to pull the trigger on efforts to reduce gun deaths. In 2002 Frederick Booker called his mother, Charlene, in tears, saying, "Mommy, somebody shot Charlie and...
Don't Fear the Climb
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The mountains don't care about you," says the forest ranger, having just finished his bear-safety talk for probably the third time that day. In case you don't already know: Hang your food at night; only prepare meals in designated...
Don't Look Now
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first time I heard the phrase "custody of the eyes," I was not much older than 6 or 7. I was sitting beside my mom during Mass with her arm draped over my shoulder, one hand gripping me tightly. She was practicing that...
Ghost Hunter
When I was younger, my family would often gather around a bonfire at my grandparents' house. We'd sit under the trees in the front yard, listening to the coyotes howl, and my mom or one of my aunts or uncles would recount something eerie that happened...
Grave Doubts: Deep Down, What Our Hearts Want Most Is to Trust in God
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of my relatives, in a bit of a midlife crisis, has become an atheist. Not a live-and-let-live atheist, but a rabid convert, a fervent believer in nothingness. He wears atheist T-shirts, which he orders from atheist websites....
Hope Included
Twenty years ago, parents of children with disabilities in India had almost nowhere to turn. Since then, what begin become a game-changer. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have it on good authority that one child can change history. There is no doubt...
I Hate Music
I HATE MUSIC Superchunk (Merge Records, 2013) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bands don't generally age well. Dropped from their labels, their albums gather dust, played only for nostalgia's sake. It's not an easy task to put out subsequent records...
It's Getting Hot in Here
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have been told that we live in a threshold age of energy production, an era when industrialized nations are poised to migrate from the combustion of fossil fuels to a solar- and wind-powered, renewable energy future. That...
Lee Daniels' the Butler
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER Directed by Lee Daniels (The Weinstein Company, 2013) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Inspired by the true story of a black butler who served seven presidents, director Lee Daniels has fashioned a sprawling, overcrowded, and...
On-the-Job Training: Timothy and Titus Show That the Issues of Church Leadership Have Not Changed All That Much in 2,000 Years
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In this Year of Our Lord 2013, it's been a bit easier to keep faith with our leadership. We have a new pope, and most folks have been willing to give him tons of credit up front for being an apparently decent and honorable...
Open Mind, Faithful Heart
OPEN MIND, FAITHFUL HEART By Jorqe Maria Bergoglio (Crossroads Publishing, 2013) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Meditations on Christian Discipleship is certainly not a book to read in one sitting, but not because of its...
Paranormal Activity: Catholics Believe in Life after Death, but Things Get Complicated When Those Departed Spirits Start Creeping across Your Living Room
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] About 10 years ago, Marla Fisher and her husband, Everett, were leaving their Pasadena, Texas ranch-style home for a weekend getaway. As Everett backed out of the driveway, Maria remembered that she'd left her curling iron...
The Moral of the Story
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The books I've read to my kids over the years bring back warm memories-- everything from Goodnight Moon to Peter Rabbit to The Wind in the Willows. I knew somewhere deep down that with the help of these many authors, living...
Unexplained Mysteries: We May Not Have All of Life's Answers, but That Doesn't Mean We Should Stop Hunting for Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thanks to the explosion of reality TV over the past decade, at the click of a button on a remote control, American viewers of the small screen have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the supposed "real" lives of people...
What Is 666 in the Bible?
Years ago I worked summers on a farm in Michigan, near a fundamentalist Christian community. I didn't know much about them other than that you didn't want to get behind one of their members in a checkout line, because if their total had the number...
When One Door Closes
A determined group of Catholics scored a major victory when the closing of their parishes was overturned. But getting their churches reopened was only half the battle. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] St. Casimir parishioners shouted their anger at Cleveland...