U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 2, February

Are U.S. Catholic Readers Racist? in a Survey of Our Readers, They Come Clean about Their Own Attitudes and Share Strategies for Fighting the Evil That Still Plagues Our Country-And Our Church. (Reader Survey)
IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT FEW, IF ANY, U.S. CATHOLIC readers are members of the Ku Klux Klan. They don't use the "N" word or tell racist jokes--at least not in polite company. They don't belong to all-white country clubs. But--like many Americans--they...
Collateral Scamage: Let's Not Surrender Basic Principles to a War on Terror. (Margin Notes)
THE WAR ON TERROR PROMISED FROM THE GET-GO to take Americans to some odd places--both geographically and ideologically--and we've already covered significant ground. Watching Washington policymakers and the media punditocracy discuss plans to kill...
Crusaders Revisited. (Odds & Ends)
"Crusaders! Crusaders!" This cheer has wafted over the bleachers of countless football and basketball games in many a Catholic school that has adopted the Crusader as its mascot and mantra. An image of a Crusader, decked out in battle armor atop a...
Darth Night of the Soul: Lent Is the Time When Darth Vader and Other Princes of Darkness Come to Church. (Testaments)
I COULD HARDLY BELIEVE MY EYES, BUT THERE HE WAS. Dancing along the back of the pew, two rows ahead of me, the Dark Side of the Force himself, Darth Vader! Before now, I had only seen him in the Star Wars movies, my nephew's bedroom, and a few select...
Don't Give Up Nothing This Lent: In the Middle of the Desert, Says Father Paul Boudreau, There's Nothing to Drown out the Presence of God. Because Most of Us Don't Do 40 Days in the Desert, We Instead Give Up Things for Lent
There's a woman in our parish who gives up coffee for Lent every year. I don't know how she does it. I'd rather walk around for 40 days with a stick in my eye. Besides, what would be the point? Come Ash Thursday morning I'd be down at the Dew-or-Die...
First Light
"IN A REAL DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL," WROTE F. SCOTT Fitzgerald, "it is always 3 o'clock in the morning." Fitzgerald should have waited another hour. The dawn begins to break at 4. That is the time when they pray vigils at the Monastery of the Holy...
How to Be a Good Shepherd: Nine Traits of Effective Pastoral Leaders
Mary Ellen had never before been inside a rectory. A lifelong Catholic, she was surprised that it had taken a fair amount of courage to call for an appointment with her pastor. Now, driving home from her meeting in the rectory, she felt a new sense...
Keeping Lent. (Editors' Note)
In the early years of our marriage, my husband and I reinstated the keeping of Lent in our adult lives by giving up going out to eat. This was one heavy sacrifice. I didn't like to cook (some things, at least, remain constant in life), and Mike's culinary...
Long Shot. (in Person)
JUST MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, AS SHE TOOK HER PLACE AT the podium in front of a packed house at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sister Mary Paul Lee could think of only one thing: Wow, this is where the Lakers play. It was indeed sacred ground for the...
Make Room for Daddy: These Days, Hollywood Is Focusing on Dads and Men Working in Child Care. Is the Church Doing the Same? (Culture in Context)
DADS ARE SUDDENLY BACK IN SEASON, AND ON TV and down at the local cineplex, guys are rediscovering the joys and challenges of child care. Indeed, we haven't seen so many TV fathers taking care of their children since Fred MacMurray and Lorne Greene...
Should We Let Our Conscience Be Our Guide? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
The Second Vatican Council describes conscience as an intimate personal encounter with God, as "people's most secret core and their sanctuary. There they are alone with God whose voice echoes in their depths" (Gaudium et Spes, The Church in the Modern...
Ten Ways to Put New Life into Lent: These Lenten Practices Can Help Your Spirituality to Blossom This Year. (the Examined Life)
HAVE YOU LOST TRACK OF LENT IN RECENT YEARS? Has it lost substance and grit? Here are a few ideas you might consider to help you get more traction along your spiritual path. 1. Become a more knowledgeable Catholic. Many Catholics wish they knew...
The World Is Full of God: The Editors Interview Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
"Judaism," writes Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in his new book, Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians (Jewish Lights), "is a tradition that may at times, for Christians, feel strangely familiar." He adds, "To be sure, you can only have...
What Is a "Culture of Life," Anyway? (Signs of the Times)
The "culture of life" may be the single most important idea in the teachings of Pope John Paul II. As a set of values advanced by the pope to guide the church as it moves into the third millennium, it has the power to exercise the minds of many Catholics,...
What Would Mister Louie Do?
IN MY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS THERE are 11 or 12 children, depending on whether Brendan has a soccer game. From the start we promised to be honest with each other, a vow that has led us on interesting journeys, one of which came just before Christmas,...
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