U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 1, January

Are You Smarter Than a Protestant?
Celebrate January's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25) by testing your knowledge of the rest of the Christian family. After taking the quiz, check your answers on page 38 and see how you did. Each correct answer counts for one point...
Catholic Enough
I recently met one of my intellectual idols, religious scholar Karen Armstrong, when Managing Editor Bryan Cones and I got the chance to interview her ("How not to talk about God" pages 20-24). The first time I read one of her books I was surprised...
Character Witnesses: If U.S. Women Religious Need Voices in Their Defense, U.S. CATHOLIC Readers Are Happy to Testify. Not Only Do They Sing the Praises of Sisters Who Have Taught and Continue to Inspire Them, They Are Asking Their Own Questions about the Vatican Investigation
IT'S HARD TO SAY WHICH REACTION FROM U.S. CATHOLIC readers is stronger: their admiration and gratitude for women religious, or their suspicion and anger about the investigative visitation of U.S. nuns by the Vatican. Probably the admiration and...
Entered into Evidence: Women Religious Respond to the Vatican Investigation
Surprise visits from relatives can spark a range of reactions in anyone: excitement, anxiety, anticipation, stress. When congregations of women religious in the United States got the news last January that they would be hosting some extended family...
Feedback
I think the greatest gift women religious offer the church is ... Being a model of living according to gospel values. Alan J. Fredian Hinsdale, Ill. Their willingness to roll up their sleeves and work. Jim Wilson Scranton, Pa. ...
How Do You Say Pro-Life in French? the Politics of Abortion in Europe Is Both More Complex and More Nuanced Than on This Side of the Atlantic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some things never go quite according to plan. Two years ago the British Parliament launched an inquiry into scientific developments relating to abortion. It was chaired by Evan Harris, one of the most aggressively pro-abortion...
How Not to Talk about God: The Editors Interview Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong has met atheist Richard Dawkins a number of times. "He doesn't like me, and I don't like him much, but we are British, so we smile politely and exchange pleasantries," she says. "We have been on panels together, but it's absolutely...
How Similar Are Catholics and Anglicans?
The Vatican's October announcement of a special process to admit Anglicans to the Roman Catholic Church raised questions for many who perhaps thought that "crossing the Tiber" would require a major shift in belief for Anglicans. The relationship between...
In the Beginning ... How U.S. CATHOLIC Got Started 75 Years Ago
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THIS YEAR MARKS THE 75th anniversary of U.S. CATHOLIC magazine, and throughout 2010 we will dig into our archives to unearth some gems from our history. Over the past 75 years this magazine has undergone two name changes...
Mind the Gap: Which Path Do We Choose When the Twain of Experience and Church Teaching Don't Meet?
OVER THREE DECADES OF MASS-GOING, I'VE explored pretty much every avenue of distraction make the time pass: pestering my brothers, making faces at buddies who were serving, and, in my adult years, reading the bulletin. I've found all but the last to...
Mothers Superior: In Both Art and Life, We Could Do with a Few More "Bossy" Women
YOU SEE A LOT OF THINGS YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IN A long time on Mad Men, AMC's Emmy-winning series about the lives and loves of Madison Avenue executives, which just wrapped up its third smash on cable. In this 1960s costume drama about the guys (and...
No Pain, No Gain: Sometimes the Struggles We Choose Can Unite Us with Those Whose Suffering Comes Unbidden
AT ABOUT MILE 221 PRACTICALLY FORGOT THE REASON I was running--or at this point barely jogging--my second marathon in as many years. My feet were screaming at me to stop "offering it up" and lay my aching body down in the grass. It would feel so good...
No Time but the Present: The Hour of Holiness Is Not in the Past, nor in the Future. It Is Now
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THANK YOU FOR COMING. GLAD YOU COULD MAKE IT. Welcome to the holy hour! "Which hour? This one?" you may object. Yes, this one. This very hour in which we find ourselves is the holiest hour that could possibly be. Holier than...
The Good-Enough Family: Our Households May Not Be Perfect, but They Are Holy Nonetheless
NO ONE WANTS TO ADMIT TO HAVING MICE, BECAUSE people think it reflects badly on their housekeeping skills. As if the mice are outside saying, "Hey, did you see that? They dropped a crumb on their kitchen floor. Let's get in there!" When you actually...
The Sisters of Mercy Are Not McDonald's: Religious Congregations Are Not Franchises of the Vatican "Central Office." More like Families Than Corporations, Sisters Have Different Missions, Needs, and Styles of Life
When the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious is discussed, two questions are asked repeatedly: 1) If religious have nothing to hide, why would they object to being investigated by the Vatican? 2) Why should religious congregations be...
Welcome to the Motel California: What Was Once Such a Lovely Place Is Becoming the Country's Financial Flophouse
WHILE MOST OF US HAVE WATCHED, MOUTHS agape, as the eye-rubbing economic clown parade that has been the last three years or o of American life has passed down our ply-wooded Main Streets, the collapse of California has been a true standout. With...
Where the Wild Things Are
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Directed by Spike Jonze (Warner Brothers, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Almost 45 years after Maurice Sendak's dark little fairy tale first saw the light of day, director Spike Jonze has brought it to the screen, and...
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