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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 2, February

CALL WAITING: The Stories of Five Women Who Want to Be Priests
The Vatican-imposed moratorium on discussion of women's ordination hasn't been able to silence the inner voice that many women hear calling them to the priesthood. For these hundreds--maybe thousands--of U.S. Catholic women, this issue is an intensely...
Catholic Tastes
CHURCH CHADS The recent presidential postelection confusion prompted the National Catholic Reporter (Dec. 8, 2000) to look for precedents and lessons from church history. "As far as I know," writes Tom Roberts, "there were no hanging chads or dimpled...
Don't Slam the Windows on the Holy Spirit
What's at stake when people say they're "spiritual, not religious"? ABOUT TWELVE YEARS AGO I WENT ON RETREAT WITH a bunch of drunks, drug addicts, bikers, and ex-cons. A friend of mine was giving the retreat and he asked me to join him. I learned...
Do You Hear What I Hear?
I AM A BIT SURPRISED AT THE RESPONSES BY SISTER Barbara Reid, O.P. in the December interview ("The Way in the manger"). She goes so far as to assume that her proclamations may "disillusion" those who believe in the unseen becoming seen. I have never...
Good Leads to Follow
Five liturgical leaders, and those they lead, explain ways to make good prayer FOR FATHER CHUCK FASO, O.F.M. there's nothing like presiding at a wedding. The sacrament of marriage calls for a wide range of presiding skills and offers him plenty...
Is Love All You Need?
Jesus' Sermon on the Plain in Luke 6 provides some advice for preventing heart-rot. IN THE RIGHT LIGHT, IN CERTAIN CLOTHES, ON A GOOD day, people tell me I look younger than I am. The now predominantly gray hair begins to blow my cover. Yet if behavior...
Mccormick's Quick Takes on Films That Serve Community
Lifeboat (20th Century Fox, 1944). Like Frank Capra and John Steinbeck Alfred Hitchcock always had a soft spot for tales extolling the virtues of democracy and the "ordinary Joe," especially when pitted against tyranny's more cunning agents. It's...
Mutiny over the Bounty
A pair of Spanish wrecks dredges up an unsavory--and unaccounted for--colonial past. THE CONTEMPORARY APOLOGY FOR PAST WRONGS has been employed as a kind of historical exorcism meant to put things right in the present. Pope John Paul II, recognizing...
No Man Is an Island
Can the communitarian ethos that has been a backbone of American democracy for centuries survive Survivor and all its clones? Or has the old-fashioned notion of community been voted off the island? JUST IN CASE THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND...
Prayers of the Fateful
It's OK to make deals with God. But as one mother came to realize, the terms are God's, not ours. FOUR MONTHS AGO, MY SON WAS SHOT. A TEENAGE boy demanded money from him on a street in Charleston, South Carolina. When my son said he had no money,...
Preparing for the Feast
The end of this month finds many of us giving up sweets for Lent, so to launch into a story about baking cookies will seem like cruel and unusual punishment unless I quickly explain. This is a tale that, like a favorite recipe, comes borrowed from...
Putting Faith in Doubt
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW PHILIP YANCEY There are bestselling authors, and then there are bestselling authors. In the realm of religious publishing, Philip Yancey is up there with the Dalai Lama and Henri Nouwen, who happens to be one of his spiritual...
School of American Protest
Next year protesters at what has become an annual demonstration at the U.S. Army base at Fort Benning, Georgia may be chanting "Close the WHISC" rather than "Close the SOA." But critics of the former School of the Americas say they are not fooled by...
Spirituality Cafe
QUOTE: "Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart." (Desert Father Abba Poeman the Shepherd, fourth century) IN THIS SEASON In honor of Black History Month, words of wisdom from George Washington Carver: "How far you go in...
We Have a Dream
A parish learns six lessons as it struggles toward racial healing COLETTE OLDHAM, A 16-YEAR-OLD MEMBER OF ST. Vincent de Paul Church in Philadelphia, attends a private high school that is predominantly white. As a white teen from the suburbs, Oldham...
Why Do We Keep Hearing about Vatican II?
English novelist D.H. Lawrence referred to sex as our culture's "dirty little secret." For Catholics the secret was change. Before the Second Vatican Council, if people suggested a new Mass schedule, a different collection basket, or even moving the...
You're Never Too Catholic to Learn
Who is that glowing in the sanctuary? Find out how the RCM and incoming members to the church can illuminate the faith of those who have been here all along. IT NEVER FALLS TO MOVE ME WHEN I SEE ROBERT STANDING IN the sanctuary at Communion time....

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