U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 8, August

Acting Pastor
Confessions of a parish leader When an active parishioner became a pastoral associate, she entered a new world. By listening to people and working collaboratively, she tries to bring God to people and people to God. It was in a large room with...
Bear Good Fruits
THOUGH NOT A CATHOLIC, WENDELL BERRY IN HIS INTERCATHOLIC, view with Jack Jezreel, "Care for the earth is a local call" in the June issue, points the way to a true Catholic and true Christian concern for God the Creator and his creation. And he doesn't...
Catholic Tastes
NOBLE SAVAGERY Some of what's currently being sold as "Celtic spirituality," writes Father Gilbert Markus, O.P. in "Celtic Schmeltic" (Spirituality, January-February 1999) is "mostly a kind of romantic myth about some exotic golden age of a people...
Classified Information
Young African American men were the last hired in this economic boom. Will they be the first fired? WITH CRIME RATES PLUMMETING ACROSS THE country, the tough-on-crime chorus has been crowing that the nation s social experiments with mandatory minimums,...
Clearing out Life's Clutter Isn't Always So Simple
U.S. CATHOLIC readers looking for support in simplifying their lives find a wealth of inspiration in their Catholic faith tradition. BETWEEN SHUFFLING THE KIDS to assorted after-school activities, doublechecking their Palm Pilots for work deadlines,...
If You Want the Holy Ghost, This Is the Place
Once a year about 10 men come together, take off their business attire, and put on Christ. I USED TO DRIVE BY A STOREFRONT CHURCH ON CHICAGO'S South Side where, scrawled on the front in graffiti fashion, were the words "If you want the Holy Ghost,...
Intimacy 101 for Teens
Six months after he began his job as a youth minister at the advanced age of 23, a high-school sophomore walked into Bob Bartlett's office and started crying. It turned out that she had gotten drunk at a wedding and someone had coaxed her into a closet...
Jesus Is for the Birds
THE WREN, WITH ITS high-pitched rapid warble, scares the sparrow off the feeder, then darts into it himself, pecking up seeds, and calling at intervals. Then it's back to the nest box, where the male and female each cling to a side of the birdhouse...
My Greatest Hope
At the threshold of the new millennium, U.S. CATHOLIC asked 17 prominent church leaders and thinkers about their greatest hopes and dreams for the church of the future. Here are their visions: ARCHBISHOP REMBERT G. WEAKLAND, O.S.B. ON THE CHURCH...
No Defense
A Catholic lawyer argues against the death penalty Early on I learned that the death penalty and religion can be an odd mix. It was a spring night in Birmingham, Alabama, the city where I spent more than five years defending death-row inmates and...
Odds & Ends
Life in Cuba with all its charms and curses converges El Cobre, a small village outside this island nation s second largest city, Santiago de Cuba. The Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Cobre sits on a hillside overlooking this town. Since 1608 pilgrims...
There's Still Room for Mass Improvements
Effective lectors, better preaching, and good music can help improve our Sunday Masses. MORE THAN A FEW U.S. CATHOLICS ARE RESTIVE about the quality of the Sunday (or weekend) worship they are asked to take part in. Even some bishops. It is obviously...
Uncovering Jewish Roots
We have come to understand the actions Christians have pursued throughout history in relation to Jews as real choices made by real people. Such was the message delivered by Eugene Fisher, director of Catholic-Jewish Relations for the National Conference...
What If the Hostages Are Already Home?
If your captors live in Iran or Serbia, your country will bring out the yellow ribbons, pray for your release, and welcome you home with parades. But if your captor lives under the same roof, writes Patrick McCormick, all too often yours is a life...
What Parents Might Learn from Littleton
In an image that will be seared on our memories like the Challenger explosion or the Kennedy assassination, the young people run from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Hands on their heads to show they do not conceal weapons, they run defenseless...
Why the Poor Belong to Us
The Catholic Church has always believed in caring for the poor as a means of encountering God. For much of U.S. history, that meant caring for its own. EIGHTH IN A 10-PART SERIES ON CHURCH HISTORY The poor you have with you always," Jesus informs...
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