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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 6, June

Can a Catholic Refuse Medical Care?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a common scene in any hospital. A person is rushed in with a life-threatening condition. Family members wait in the emergency room. Two doctors approach, tell the family that things don't look good, and then explain options...
Come One, Come All: Religious Education Is Not Just for Kids Anymore as More Parishes Are Including the Entire Family. Even Grandpa's Invited
Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people." While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for...
Conscientious Courage: Franz Jagerstatter Paved the Way for Those Who Object to War by Following a Higher Order
IN APRIL 1974, WHILE SERVING AT THE U.S. NAVY BASE in Sasebo, Japan, I visited the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum in the nearby city of Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces. I was horrified to realize that, in...
Fear Itself: Though We Are Separated by Thousands of Years, the Prophet Jeremiah Has Lessons to Offer from His Own Time of Terror
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS A CHILD I WANDERED THROUGH MY WORLD WITH A fairly fearless heart. Granted, the world was a very limited place then and quite secure. We lived at the edge of a little Pennsylvania coal town on a street that was never very...
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The reason I would or would not use corporal punishment with children is ... I would not use corporal punishment because it will teach children that violence is acceptable and that living under the law is more important than living and having respect...
Flower Power: Small Children and Fictionalized Bulls Alike Can Teach Us That Goofing off Can Be a Noble Goal Indeed
I smiled when I saw my daughter Cara pull the spring sports sign-up sheet out of her book bag. My thoughts immediately drifted back to last year, her first full year of competitive soccer. My wife and I had only one rule for her: "Try your best....
Generation Why? 5 Things Catholic Teens Want to Know ... and Aren't Afraid to Ask
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's the good news from the land of Catholic teenagers: They want more. They want more religious knowledge, more connection with Jesus, and more direction and opportunity to live their faith in the parish and the world....
Have a Seat
As a German native I often get a kick out of German phrases that have made their way into the English language--from debates over the prevailing zeitgeist (the "spirit of the times") to the not-so-nice schadenfreude (the secret enjoyment we get from...
Mea Maxima Culpa: Among the Many Victims of the Iraq War Have Been Our Own Fellow Catholics
I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE: BACK IN 2003, WHEN THE Bush administration directed our national eyes to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, I didn't resist greatly. I watched with interest as then-Secretary of State Colin Powell presented our "evidence" to the United...
Nearer, My God, to Thee: Mass Celebrated at a Nursing Home Gives a Priest Some of That Old-Time Religion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is a cool October morning, mellow and dream-like, and I am celebrating Mass at Cedar Woods, a care facility on the west side of Colorado Springs. Therese, one of our pastoral ministers to the homebound, is standing right...
Nobody Deserves a Good Spanking: By Sparing the Rod, Both Parents and Children Will Learn the Gospel Discipline of Nonviolence, Argues This Mother of Four
FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO ... THIS OMINOUS countdown can be heard in my home of four kids under age 5 about every 10 to 20 minutes. What exactly is going to happen when I reach "one"? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] So far my luck has held as my children...
Our Love Is Here to Stay: For Most Catholics Marriage Is Their Path to Holiness, Says This Expert. the Church Could-And Should-Do More to Help Them on Their Way
If you ask Mary Jo Pedersen the secret to a good marriage, she just might point you to a dentist. How they think about teeth, she says, is how the rest of us should think about marriage: "You get one set of teeth, that's it. They are of great value....
Out of Order: Our Government Should Take a Page out of a Certain TV Crime Show to See How Justice Should Be Served
ON THE LONGEST RUNNING crime series in the history of television, the cops hardly ever fire their guns, and the lawyers never go to bed with anyone. Yet without much gunplay or foreplay, NBC's Law & Order has held onto a primetime network slot...
Reality Bites Back: New Show Ideas Are Endless-And Depressing-When Real Life Is the True Basis of TV
THANK YOU, HEIDI MONTAG AND YOUR CASTMATES--I mean friends--from The Hills, and you, too, good ole grumpy Simon Cowell. You deserve all the inexplicable celebrity you can squeeze out of your 15 minutes. You've saved me from the Real World! After...
Say It like You Mean It: When a Lector Shares the Word of God Passionately, Even If Not Perfectly, It Can Inspire Catholics in the Pews to Explore Scripture as Well
MY INTRODUCTION TO BEING A LECTOR CAME through the invitation of another parish minister--not the pastor or another lector but the choir director. She encouraged me to minister at the lectern rather than in the choir loft. People familiar with my singing...
St. Ben's Excellent Adventure: Benedict's Rule Has Some Pointers to Bring Peace and Tranquility to Any Family
BEING THE MOTHER OF BOY/GIRL TWINS MYSELF, I laughed recently to learn of a squabble between St. Benedict and his twin sister, St. Scholastica. Each year the two would meet at a farmhouse between her convent and his monastery and spend the day delightedly...
Stop-Loss
STOP-LOSS Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Paramount, 2008) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Five years and more than 4,000 U.S. deaths after the president declared "mission accomplished" the American public is discouraged, distracted, and dispirited by...
Washington Square Serenade
WASHINGTON SQUARE SERENADE Steve Fade (New West, 2007) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Steve Earle is, without question, the most overtly political artist in American popular culture. For a long time his activism (and songwriting) focused on his opposition...
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