U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 74, No. 7, July

Above and beyond the Call: U.S. Women Religious Deserve Better Than the Nunsense of a Vatican Investigation
IT MUST BE HARD BEING A SISTER IN AMERICA. YOU SPEND a century creating a hospital system from scratch and educating generations of Catholic children of every race and class on a shoestring. Not only are you barely paid for your efforts, you occupy...
American Idol: Could Ending Our Adoration of Oil Be the Key to a Peaceful Future?
Has the idea of American exceptionalism finally run its historical course in the big muddy by the Euphrates? A persistent critic of the Iraq invasion and an ongoing skeptic of U.S. military adventures pretty much anywhere, Andrew Bacevich is too much...
Don't Stop the Presses: While Newspapers in Real Life Are an Endangered Species, Two New Movies Remind Us Why They're Worth Saving
NEWSPAPERS, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, ARE DYING. IN the past year 12,000 newspaper workers in this country have lost their jobs. In the past two years the Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Examiner, Cincinnati Post, Albuquerque Tribune, San Juan Star, and five...
Friendship 101: Give Your Kids a Refresher Course on the Manners That Make Connections
LAST WEEK, WHILE I WAS AT WORK, AN E-MAIL PINGED in from my friend Machelle. Noticing that it was titled simply, "Recess," I cringed as I clicked to open it. Machelle has four young children and is not one to send me notes about cute antics; if the...
Let's Really Go in Peace: We Need to Break Our Personal and National Addiction to Violence If We Hope to Ever See an End to War
To OUR MODERN EARS THE IDEA of heresy seems quaint and medieval--involving technical arguments about abstract matters. But I contend that heresy and its cousin apostasy are constructs of down-to-earth significance that we should keep in mind today....
My Life after Death
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ten years ago, on Memorial Day of 1999, I received the call every parent dreads. It was from a detective in Steubenville, Ohio. He asked me if I knew where my son was. My son Aaron had just finished his sophomore year at Franciscan...
Peace Trained: In Catholic Classrooms and Ugandan Villages, Patrick Corrigan Strives to Learn How to Heal Wounds of Violence
In 2007, six months after his college graduation, Patrick Corrigan found himself about as far from a leafy, peaceful campus as he could get--in Kampala, Uganda, sitting in on a meeting between parliamentarians and representatives of the Lord's Resistance...
Playing for Change
PLAYING FOR CHANGE Various Artists (Hear Music, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] And they do mean various! This CD/DVD release includes artists from India to Ireland, South Africa to Russia, Israel to California, and practically all points in...
School of Hard Knocks: A Kindergarten Bully Reveals a Hard Truth about Humanity: We Are All Violent
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MOST OF US LEARN WE LIVE IN A BRUTAL WORLD pretty early. My first lesson came in kindergarten on the day Warren Hunt punched me in the stomach. I hadn't done a thing to invite it. I just happened to be assigned the seat next...
Signs of Peace: Catholics around the World Can Inspire Us with the Many Ways-Both Personal and Political-Through Which They Build Peace
Mary Mukanaho is a Tutsi in Rwanda. Her seven children and husband were killed in the 1994 genocide--by neighbors whom she had lived next to for 40 years. She survived because she happened to be out of the country at the time. She felt she was going...
Sunshine Cleaning
SUNSHINE CLEANING Directed by Christine Jeffs and Megan Holley (Overture Films, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Christine Jeffs and Megan Holley's touching film about a spunky but dysfunctional family on economic and emotional skids is something...
The Missing Peace
When two boys walked into Columbine High School and killed 12 of their schoolmates 10 years ago, I was in history class at a wealthy suburban high school not unlike Columbine. That day I--and other young people my age, I'm sure--realized that none...
U Mass: At Small Group Celebrations, College Students Learn the Power of Praying for and with Each Other
IT WAS MY LAST WEEK AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY BEFORE leaving for a semester to study abroad in France. I'd just finished my last two papers, and while my dorm room was not at all packed up for my departure the next day, I decided it was time to take...
Under the Gun: How Violence Takes Its Toll on Our Kids
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a firefighter and a police officer, Annette Nance-Holt and her ex-husband, Ronald Holt, knew the dangers of the city and took every precaution they could to protect their son, Blair. "He wasn't the kind of teenager that...
What Future Did Paul See for His Letters?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For most of the year Christians hear a part of a letter of St. Paul read during Sunday worship. But if you had stopped Paul on the street in some place like Corinth and asked him if he thought his letters would become a permanent...
Will Teach for Tenure: Glaring Double Standards on Workers' Rights Are Far from a Class Act
WHEN YOU THINK OF THE TYPICAL COLLEGE professor the image of a tweed-afflicted, facial-haired gentleman with a penchant for pipe smoking and an inability to locate his house keys may come quickest to mind. But these days when the real college professor...

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