U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 71, No. 10, October

10 Reason Not to Go to Mass (and One Really Good Reason Why You Should)
Our first two kids, a twin boy and girl, began their college education this fall, and their younger brother will do so next year. This has caused my wife and me to think about why young adults should go to Mass, even after they leave the weekly supervision...
A Prairie Home Companion
A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION Directed by Robert Altman (PictureHouse, 2006) Good Night, and Good Luck (Warner Independent) took us back to the early days of television with a morality tale about the duties of a free press--not merely to entertain and...
Criminal Intent: Does Television's Shifting Focus from Cops to Robbers Reflect Our Country's Move from Peacemaker to Lawbreaker?
PRIMETIME TELEVISION HAS ALWAYS HAD A COUPLE slots for cops and robbers, but now the robbers are trying to steal the show. Last season NBC introduced Heist, a crime drama about a gang of thieves planning to take down three Beverly Hills jewelry stores...
Cross Purposes: Do We Really Want Our Christian Symbols to "Lord" It over Everyone Else?
"THIS STATUE PROVES THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD over America; he is Lord over Tennessee; he is Lord over Memphis." That's how Apostle Alton R. Williams of World Overcomers Outreach Ministries in Memphis described the purpose of his 72-foot-tall, $260,000...
Foreign Service: In Search of a Catholic Church in Not-So-Religious Sweden, One American Family Living There Discovers a Small Yet Vibrant Community
Sweden. Skiing, ice-skating, Vikings, herring, ladies bedecked in glowing candle headdresses, a bilingual population, and meters and meters of snow. When my husband sprang through the front door, home from work, and announced that we had been offered...
Generation Unplugged
I used to belong to a small-faith group of women organized around spiritual reading. Of the dozen or so women who met over the course of eight years, nearly all had been born and raised in the Catholic Church. Today only a few still practice their...
Globe-Trotter
A HANDSOME, ROYAL-BLOODED BASQUE DESCENDANT OF THE Castle Navarre, St. Francis Xavier dreamed of fame and fortune and of his name being echoed with awe throughout 16th-century Europe. In one sense he got his wish, but not in the way he expected because...
Here's Johnny! Bible Detective Work Is Enough to Give Any Scripture P.I. a Major Headache
SOME PICTURES REALLY ARE WORTH A THOUSAND words. Take the photo of the "Afghan Girl." Back in 1985 the National Geographic Society photographed a 12-year-old refugee. Her face was surrounded by a ragged red headscarf, but you hardly noticed that. What...
Hooray for Hollywood! Showbiz Isn't Just a Dirty Business. Catholics Should Give Two Thumbs Up Even to Some of Hollywood's Provocative Creations and Choose to Learn from Rather Than Criticize Them
I HAVE WORKED IN AND AROUND HOLLYWOOD FOR SEVERAL years. Besides teaching media literacy in the faith community, I screen films; attend press junkets; hear directors, writers, and actors speak about their craft; and review at least six movies a month....
If You Rebuild It, They Will Come
When Father John Cusick got the opportunity to direct young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1977, he asked, "What's that?" Cusick fought against attaching the term single, and he won. "The church doesn't run a dating service," he says....
Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Just Me?
Yes, it has been a hellish summer. Heat waves across this nation converted many a global warming skeptic. So has Al Gore's most effective sermon, his must-see documentary, An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics). As the autumnal weather begins to...
Is It OK to Clap at Mass?
There is no simple answer to whether applause is appropriate in the liturgy. It really depends on who the Catholics are and why they might be clapping! Applause is never called for per se in the rubrics that govern our rites. But sometimes the liturgy...
It's Sunday ...: Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
Last Sunday, I went to the 9 o'clock Mass. Alone. This isn't the way it was supposed to be. We are part of a Catholic community, and Mass is said to be a celebration. These days Mass still represents many good things for me, but celebration isn't...
The True False Identity
THE TRUE FALSE IDENTITY T Bone Burnett (Sony, 2006) T Bone Burnett entered the rock history books in 1975 when he left his Fort Worth, Texas home to play guitar behind Bob Dylan on the legendary Rolling Thunder Tour. In the 1980s he made a series...
Wake-Up Call: A Caffeine-Free Morning Prayer Gives New Meaning to the "Sacrifice" of Praise
I RELUCTANTLY ROLL OUT OF BED AS THE ALARM RINGS. Stumbling to the living room, I grope for my glasses and a thick, leather-bound book to begin my day with the appropriate morning prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. Some call the book a breviary. Not...
We're Just Not That into You: Why Aren't More Young Adults Making It to Mass? We Went Straight to the Source for Answers. Their Reasons, They Say, Range from a Crowded Calendar to Disenchantment with the Church to Just Prefering to Stay in with the Sunday Paper
When Molly Mattessich served as a Peace Corps volunteer two years ago in the West African nation of Mali, she relied on audio tapes of Sunday Mass to stay connected to her Catholic faith during her two-year tenure in the predominantly Muslim nation....
What Is It Good for? Bombing Beirut Will Do Absolutely Nothing to Solve the Problems Plaguing the Holy Land
AS I WRITE THESE WORDS, THE LATEST SPASM OF VIOLENCE in the Holy Land has ground to another grisly, pointless stalemate. After so many failed initiatives and with the cycle of retribution now following its own inhuman logic, many have begun to despair...
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