U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 1, January

A Good Fit?
Homosexuality has claimed the job of another employee of a Catholic institution, but not because he publicly supported same-sex marriage. Indeed, Daniel Avila, until recently a policy adviser on issues of marriage and family for the U.S. bishops' conference,...
A Woman at the Altar: The Issue of Women Priests May Be a Settled Matter, but That Doesn't Mean a Woman Can't Serve the Church as a Deacon
Celebrating the opening of the archives of her work on women in the diaconate at Loyola University Chicago's Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, scholar Phyllis Zagano minced no words about the topic that has been her life's project: "Women as...
Bless Us, O Lord: The Gifts That We Receive Deserve Attention from God. Even Roller Skates
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The woman held up a pair of roller skates. "Can you call the priest?" she asked me. "I want him to bless these." It was one of those moments when, as a parish secretary, I wanted to scream: Stop the church, I want to get off!...
Boxing Day
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I love my Christmas dinnerware. For the past 20 years I've served many wonderful feasts on it. Family and friends have gathered around my festive green and red table year after year to pray, eat, celebrate, and share stories....
Bring Remarried Catholics Back to the Table: The Austrian Bishops Have Offered Remarried Catholics a Path to the Sacraments for 30 Years Now. Let's Follow Suit
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A number of years ago, during a forum for divorced and remarried Catholics at a Jesuit retreat house in Austria, a woman shared her story: "After my divorce I went through a long period of deep self-doubt and depression. In...
Capitol Gains: New Strategies Are Paying off for the Pro-Life Movement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last year a bill came before the Ohio state legislature that held the potential for the biggest pro-life victory since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The law proposed a ban on abortion from the time a fetus'...
Clothes Minded: Retro Uniforms May Be Fashionable on Screen, but They Fail to Show How Far Women Have Made It in the Workplace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Hollywood must think we love women in uniform, particularly domestic uniforms. Last August, Tate Taylor's film The Help brought us busloads of Mississippi maids sporting crisply starched pale blue dresses and white aprons....
Extreme Makeover
Deciding to redesign a magazine is a lot like deciding to remodel a kitchen. There's no real need to change things up; after all, the stove and fridge still work--even though they're old enough to vote--and the laminated cabinets-despite peeling at...
Getting through? How Catholic Campuses Are Responding to Sexual Assault
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE student Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg committed suicide on September 10, 2010, 10 days after she'd claimed a University of Notre Dame football player fondled her against her will. The details leading up to...
Night Light
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My daughter, serving today at Mass, stands near the communion rail in her white alb. She catches my eye, and we both grin at the song ringing through the church: "We will run and not grow weary, for our God will be our strength...
Of Human Bondage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here's a New Year's resolution that I never thought I would have to make in this early stage of the 21st century: For 2012 I firmly resolve to do my best to stop using slaves. Difficult as it is to accept, slavery remains...
Staying Power: Though Many Catholic Women Give a Host of Reasons for Leaving the Church, These Guest Bloggers at USCatholic.org Explain What Keeps Them in the Pews Every Week
I want to be a parish lady A young woman's admiration for those who care for the church helps form her ambitions. By Molly Jo Rose I want to grow up to be a parish lady, but I have to be at least 60 for that job, or my hair has to have turned...
The Way
THE WAY Directed by Emilio Estevez (Arc Entertainment, 2011) If contemplation, as the mystic and spiritual writer William McNamara once said, is "a long, loving look at the real," Emilio Estevez's understated drama of loss, recovery, and reconciliation...
Why Does the Church Require Miracles for Sainthood?
A Catholic friar on a plane that made a dramatic emergency landing in Poland last fall clutched a lock of hair from Blessed John Paul II while praying for the safety of his fellow passengers. Will this be the second miracle needed for the late pontiff's...
Working in Tennessee
WORKING IN TENNESSEE Merle Haggard (Vanguard Records, 2011) Merle Haggard has been a monument of American culture for almost 50 years. His life story is the stuff of myth. He really did grow up dirt poor in a home his father made from an old...
Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.