U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 4, April

A Library of One's Own: Feminist Theology Not Only Has Helped Women Recover Their Voices and Their Stories, It Has Called the Church to Recover the Feminine Face of God. (Culture in Context)
WHEN VIRGINIA WOOLF WROTE A ROOM OF One's Own she argued that any woman trying to find her voice as a writer required an income and a room. But in 1929 a Catholic woman who wanted to write about theology would have found neither a position nor a place...
Clean Up Your Mental Environment; a Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste. Wait, Where Did I Hear That before? (Margin Notes)
WE HAVE LAWS TO PROTECT OUR AIR AND water, superfund legislation to clean up brownfields and chemical dump sites--the toxic remnants of our industrial past--but who's paying attention to probably the most important pollution problem you confront each...
Death Penalty Dilemmas. (News)
At a recent major conference on religion and the death penalty, a considerable amount of grumbling could be heard from audience members who had expected a more representative and contentious debate between religious proponents of the abolition and...
Define Racism. (Letters)
I can't think of the last time I read a piece as silly and uninformative as the February Reader Survey ("Are U.S. CATHOLIC readers racist?"). Whoever designed the questionnaire should be sent to a few elementary courses in U.S. and world history. ...
Do American Flags Belong in Catholic Churches? (Glad You Asked Q&A on Church Teaching)
Since last September's terrorist attacks and the subsequent war on terrorism, the American flag has become more visible than at perhaps any other time in United States history. From car antennas to window decals to lapel buttons to commercials, it...
Feedback. (Sounding Board)
Q: The worst case of church rage I've experienced or witnessed was ... Act Up protests inside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Gerard A. Scanlan New City, N.Y. A parishioner literally screamed at our music director over his choice of music...
Imagine That! (Editor's Note)
During my sophomore year of college, I took a class called Women and Literature. It was my first women's studies class, and, as might be expected, we had a woman professor and nearly all women students. We sat with our desks arranged in a circle and...
Is Feminism Another "Fword"? the Editors Interview Rosemary Radford Ruether. (Special Spring Book Section)
Just because Rosemary Radford Ruether is getting close to retirement doesn't mean she's going to stop stirring things up. First as a civil rights activist and now as one of the world's preeminent feminist theologians, Ruether has consistently called...
Is Men's Spirituality out of the Woods? beyond the Banging Drums and Clashing Symbols, Catholic Men Have a Lot to Gain from Tapping into an Authentic Men's Spirituality Movement
I was at my local big-chain bookstore one Sunday and decided to check out their books on male spirituality. Having trouble locating that section, I asked the young, multiply pierced woman at the information counter, "Can you direct me to your books...
It's Not What You Know: The Disciples Who Met Jesus on the Road to Emmaus Got beyond Q&As to Real Religion. (Testaments)
EDUCATION IS A FUNNY THING. SOME OF US emerge from years of formal schooling with a lifelong passion for learning and growing. But too many others survive the system with one gross misconception: that life is mainly about knowing the right answer to...
Let's Rein in Church Rage: You've Heard of Road Rage? Well, the Same Kind of Verbal Abuse-And Even Threats of Physical Violence-Are Becoming Increasingly Common in the Church. It's Time to Adopt a Zero-Tolerance Policy to Stop This Bad Behavior. (Sounding Board)
NEITHER HIS DIMINUTIVE SIZE NOR HIS AGE NOR his ecclesiastical rank stopped them. Nine women, voices raised and fingers jabbing at his face, swarmed the retired archbishop as he was leaving the auditorium after his presentation on the liturgical vision...
Lived to Tell. (Ken Rutherford in Person)
IT'S V.I.P. DAY AT WILDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND Ken Rutherford's "show and tell" has captured the rapt attention of this roomful of antsy first graders. A graphic demonstration of how he can remove his artificial leg segues into a discussion about...
Men in Search of Their Souls: In Recent Books, the Guest for the Male-Spirituality Grail Is Producing Decidedly Mixed Results. (Spring Book Section)
Male spirituality is nothing new, but males kept it under wraps until a recent phenomenon called the men's movement arose in response to, among other things, the feminist movement of the late 20th century. In a genre that scarcely existed until...
Sins-And Crimes-Of Our Fathers; the Shame of Priest Pedophilia Scandals Must Lead Us to Repentance and Change. (the Examined Life)
THESE DAYS I DREAD PICKING UP MY BOSTON MORNING paper. Just when I think the worst is over, it brings new revelations, more names and pictures of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors. The count is now at 87 priests, with talk of more to come....
Widening the Circle: With Prayer and Ritual Rich in Egalitarian and Feminine Symbolism, Women's Spirituality Helps One Half of the Human Race to Find God in the Moments of Their Everyday Lives-From Burping a Baby to Balancing the Books
It is Good Friday, the most solemn day in the church year and, not coincidentally, one of the busiest at Wellstreams, a women's spirituality center in Chicago. Every year the crowd grows, as word spreads about the annual Good Friday service, and this...
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