U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 5, May

A Little Sacrifice Wouldn't Kill You
How far would you go to prove your love to God? I really like the WWJD bracelets and books seen everywhere today. "What Would Jesus Do?" is what they ask. The four letters remind us Christians to ask ourselves: What's "the Jesus way" to respond...
Bang, Bang, We're Dead
The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to bear arms; it doesn't require us to take our sights off common sense. When I was a kid, Brian abate and I used to play war behind his house with make-believe guns made out of sticks or an actual...
Before the Deacon's Role Becomes Permanent
Now that ordination (to the diaconate) is approved for married men, why not for women? When, in 1967, the catholic church of the man Rite instituted a program authorizing the ordination of married men to the diaconate, it sent a mixed message to...
Can God See Me When I Go to the Bathroom?
(and other tough questions kids ask) Some time ago, I was asked to meet with the catechism class of St. Leander's Parish located in San Leandro, California. Like so many parishes today, St. Leander's catechism classes fill a growing void in Christian...
Catholic Tastes
CROWN HER WITH MANY CROWNS "Give her something she'll really love for Mother's Day," urges an advertisement for 14-karat gold Crown of Thorns pendants, rings, and earrings. The Samaritan Arts Jewelry in Amarillo, Texas offers its Crown of Thorns...
Feedback
Q: What has been one of the most jarring or awkward examples of inclusive language you've heard, whether at church or in other situations? A presider was using the image of God as shepherd and went on to use a feminine pronoun. I immediately had...
How Christians Went to War
FIFTH IN A 10-PART SERIES ON CHURCH HISTORY The Persian Gulf War and subsequent conflicts with Iraq saw government and military officials discussing the ancient Christian moral tradition of "just war." Saint Augustine would be proud. Among the...
Is the Pope Catholic?
The editors interviews Michael Cuneo Canadian-born Fordham University anthropologist Michael Cuneo discovered that many militant prolife protesters in Toronto were Catholic conservatives who believed the church to be in crisis. It led him to wonder...
Letters
Faithfully departed The January issue was excellent. I liked "faithful departures: How Catholics face the end of life" by Robert McClory. I find that people who are Christian and believe they're going to meet their God do not fear. Church support,...
Priests at Work
Father Jacques Loew's life, which ended at the age of 90 in late February, began in a nonbelieving family in southern France, took him first into the priesthood and then into the heart of the working world as one of the original worker-priests, across...
Queen of the Night
I've become accustomed to falling asleep to the words of the Hail, Holy Queen. In my dark room, I offer this prayer of lament and find hope in its promise of deliverance. Many years ago, I began saying the night prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours....
Taste and See
The hands cupped and held as eager as birds. The hands rising to meet the hand descending. The poise of the hands in their nervous country. The song of the hands in the excitable air. Waiting and waiting and waiting--eight years of waiting, watching...
The Gospel According to a Nobel Novelist
When Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago won the most recent Nobel Prize in Literature, someone in Vatican City didn't like it very much. Shortly after the announcement had been made in Stockholm, Sweden, L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official...
War Is a Hell of a Movie
Is there a way to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about war? Patrick McCormick reviews the varying ways Hollywood has gone to war, with plenty of casualties and a few important victories. In case you haven't noticed, world war II...
We Should Take the Bible at Its Word
Trying to erase offense in the Bible through inclusive-language translations, argues Frederica Mathewes-Green, is a fundamentally misguided task. Two years ago saw a free-for-all break out in the evangelical Protestant camp over a proposed new "inclusive...
When Wrong Turns out to Be Right
How dissenters from Galileo to John Courtney Murray have helped the church to see more clearly. Dissent! It is not a nice word. It makes you think of other "dis" words like disagreement, dissension, disobedience, and disgrace. There's no doubt that...