U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 7, July

Akeelah and the Bee
AKEELAH AND THE BEE Directed by Doug Atchison (Lions Gate Films, 2006) After Spelling Bee in 2004 and last year's Bee Season, the release of Doug Atchison's movie about a South Central Los Angeles 11-year-old who can spell like a "B-R-A-I-N-I-A-C"...
Assisted Living: When It's Your Turn to Care for Your Parents: The Decline of a Parent Is Not Just a Physical and Financial Challenge, It's a Spiritual One as Well
Kathy Bingham knew she had reached midlife when she stopped using her sick leave for her children and started using it to care for her mom. Her 83-year-old mother lives on a farm in a rural area about 80 miles from Houston. She still tends to her garden...
B.A. in Bankruptcy: Young People Have Always Struggled with Money, but Members of This Generation Face Higher Debt, Lower Salaries, and More Obstacles to Financial Security Than Their Parents or Grandparents
WHEN JEWISH ZEALOTS REBELLED AGAINST ROME in 70 A.D., the first thing the insurgents did as to destroy the debt records, liberating tens thousands of Judean peasants from crippling poverty and indentured servitude. If the college-age children of boomers...
Field Hand
AT THIS YEAR'S MAY 1 MARCH IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS' rights in Orlando, Florida--the largest demonstration in the city's history--a group of undocumented workers, recently arrived from Oaxaca, Mexico, approached Sister Ann Kendrick, one of the march's...
Got a Light? the Flame of Faith Burns Brighter When a Community of Candles Comes Together
"IT IS BETTER TO LIGHT A CANDLE THAN TO CURSE THE darkness," says an old Chinese proverb. It's a beautiful sentiment, and--apparently--a universal one. Nearly every Catholic church I've ever visited houses at least one metal rack of prayer candles....
Living with War
LIVING WITH WAR Neil Young (Reprise Records, 2006) It may not end the Bush presidency, but Neil Young's album Living with War and its most famous song, "Let's Impeach the President," will certainly go down as the pop music event of 2006. The...
Mega Misjudgment: Encountering the Real Stories of Real Christians-Even at a Megachurch-Teaches One Catholic That You Can't Judge a Church by Its Cover
The e-mail flashed across my screen at work. "Who is available next Sunday, 10 a.m., to go to a church and pick up some items their fifth-grade youth group wants to donate to us?" The message was from our volunteer coordinator at Spectrum, where...
Men in Black
"We should not deny that we are struggling with the fallout from the sex-abuse scandal," Father Robert Silva told the 2006 convention of the National Federation of Priests' Councils (NFPC). "We are convinced and convicted of our priesthood. But we...
Not Divorced from My Faith: Divorce Is a Traumatic Reality for Many Catholics, the Church Should Reach out to and Welcome Divorced Catholics, Not Add to Their Pain by Judging and Rejecting Them
THIRTY YEARS AGO I WALKED DOWN THE CHURCH aisle on my father's arm to be married. The church and reception were filled with well-wishing family and friends. Little did I suspect that 14 years and three children later, we would be divorced. Since that...
Oil Change: The End (of Cheap Oil at Least) Is near. Only a Dipstick Would Argue That We're Ready for It
ENERGY POLICY WONKS OF THE RECENT PAST ONCE fantasized of federal tax hikes driving gas prices as high as $4 or $5 a gallon. The idea was that the hefty price bump would discourage careless fuel consumption--you know, like driving "cars" that get 10...
Still Me, with Kinks
I can't tell you how old my mother is because she would kill me. Let s just say that she was alive when Ireland, homeland of her father and mother, threw off the shackles of Great Britain and became the Irish Free State. (If you have to look up that...
Still Prisoners of War: After Nearly Four Months in Captivity in Baghdad, James Loney of the Christian Peacemaker Teams Realizes Anew the Difficulty of Achieving True Peace
For 118 days we lay in a tomb--Norman Kember, Harmeet Sooden, and I. Tom Fox, too, for 104 days, until he was murdered in the early morning hours of March 9. Our tomb was a 10-by-10-foot room. How I came to hate every single detail of it: the paint-peeling...
Take It Easy and No Play : All Work Makes Jack and Jane Dull Disciples
A SUNNY DAY, A SIDEWALK CAFE, A BOWL OF SALSA AND a basket of chips in front of me: What could be more inviting? Yet I found myself annoyed. It was one o'clock in the afternoon in the middle of the week, a workday by every measure. I should be at my...
True Faith Waits: In Whose Interest Is It to Confirm 7-Year-Olds? Saving the Sacrament for an Age When Young People Can Better Understand the Meaning Behind It Makes More Sense, No Matter How Things Used to Be
CONFIRMATION HAS BEEN SAID TO BE A SACRAMENT in search of a theology. But Confirmation is really a sacrament with a lot of theology; it's almost too complex to quickly explain. Father Robert Tuzik of Chicago has written that "Confirmation is the completion...
Tuesdays with Mormons
It's a familiar summer sight. Guys dressed in white shirts, nicely contrasted with their black pants and black ties, pedaling along on their bikes. No, they're not the latest ad for menswear or mountain bikes. Nor are they bike messengers, weaving...
Why Isn't the Gospel of Judas in My Bible?
The National Geographic Society's April release of the Gospel of Judas was covered on the evening news, in magazine reports and TV specials, and even on websites totally devoted to the 1,600-year-old manuscript. Part of the interest in this obscure...

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