U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, January

Catholic Tastes
Now there's an idea! Teresa McLean, who says she has struggled to reconcile her love for both cricket and Catholicism with those institutions' traditions of sexist discrimination, notes that sometimes "Change can find extraordinary ways forward."...
Dream Street
While still living in Springfield, Illinois, Judy Spencer became increasingly bothered by the media images she was seeing all around her of contemporary African American life. The images were too dark--or to borrow a photographer's term, underdeveloped....
Dr. Frankenstein Meets Mr. Potato Head
Behold the lowly potato. How we love it. And with good reason. Sturdy, nutritious, and relatively healthy when unmolested by mounds of butter or sour cream, the potato may be the perfect food. Thousands of generations of human agricultural genius has...
Enough of This Peeping Tomfoolery
Time was when a Peeping Tom was a creature to be scorned or at least pitied. He (almost always male) was a poor soul, sometimes mentally ill, who got his jollies by peering into other people's windows, usually bedroom windows. On one occasion some...
Guided by Thy Perfect Light
I can still smell the shoe box full of fresh cut grass. This was no ordinary grass. It was part of the treats we set out every January 5 for the Magi to feed their camels, along with water and something for them to eat. At 7, I was finally old enough...
Hidden Talents
At first glance it would appear that the author of the Gospel of Matthew is a great practical joker. Some of the most gentle and consoling words Jesus ever spoke are found at the end of chapter 11 in this gospel: "Come to me, all you who labor and...
Kick Back with Your Almanac
Did you give or receive an almanac for Christmas? Even though the contemporary almanac is far different from the "almanack" of yore, it still echoes its noble genealogy. For our American ancestors, the publication of a new almanac signaled another...
Sunday Morning Offering
One Sunday before breakfast, I read Father John Kavanaugh's reflections on the Baptism of Jesus in The Word Encountered (Orbis Books, 1996). He addresses the controversy: Why did Jesus need Baptism if he was sinless? And, if Jesus did not sin, was...
Women: Is Half a Loaf Better Than None?
Some Catholic women in the United States may be wondering if the hierarchy is playing "good bishop, bad bishop" with them. First, in September the U.S. bishops approved the statement From Words to Deeds: Continuing Reflection on the Role of Women...