U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 1, January

A League of Their Own: Leading off Is Mother Teresa, Followed by Mom and Catherine of Siena. Batting Cleanup Is Mary. Readers Have Chosen an All-Star Lineup of Saints, Nuns, Family Members, and Other Holy Women for the U.S. Catholic Reader Survey on Inspirational Women
OF THE MEN AND WOMEN RESPONDING TO THE U.S. CATHOLIC Reader Survey on inspirational women, 49 percent said the church offers good female role models to women and gifts. Is this a positive statistic? Certainly those who responded, most of whom were...
Catholic Idol
If I had to pick my favorite part of being a U.S. CATHOLIC editor, it'd be hard, but if forced, I'd have to say doing the editors' interviews. Although a few are conducted individually, most involve the interviewee coming to Chicago and spending three...
Death Takes a Holiday: But the Question Is Whether Executions Will Take a Permanent Vacation in the United States
SOMETHING DIDN'T HAPPEN IN OCTOBER THAT YOU may not have noticed not happening. For the first time in three years, no one in the United States was executed by the state. Confronted by mounting evidence that "improvements" in the process of state-administered...
Feedback
The woman who inspires me most today is ... The Blessed Mother was quiet but strong and took all things to heart with great thanksgiving and praise to our Lord. In her simplicity I find great strength! Dawn Mary Curazzato Williamsville, N.Y....
His-Teria: Despite Terror That Women Are Staging a Coup De Church, the Numbers Just Don't Add Up
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO BACK TO church, a new menace has arisen that threatens to radically alter the face of your parish--with lipstick. That's right, women have begun an inexorable takeover of church leadership, and, worse, they are...
Honor Your Father and Mother: Stale Images of God Aren't Working for Today's Seekers, Says Feminist Theologian Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. New Ones Are Emerging from the Experiences of All God's People-Male and Female
When you whispered a prayer this morning while sipping your coffee and eating your toast, to whom exactly did you pray? An old man with a beard somewhere beyond the clouds? Sophia, otherwise known as Holy Wisdom? The Holy Spirit? Jesus? Elizabeth...
O Come Let Us Adore Him: It Takes the Uncomplicated Wonder of Children to See the Divine in One of Our Own
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SISTER LEONETTE HAD A SPECTACULAR FACE. NOT THAT she was beautiful. In every way that female beauty is judged, she had what might be called a fascinating ugliness. Her stature was short and squarish. Her nose was large and...
Poetic Justice: Julia Dinsmore Sings, Writes, and Prays Her Way toward a Society without Poverty
As a college student, Julia Dinsmore used a few "class-disguise props" to hide the fact that she was poor. She "got a look at the books people with good dental plans had, went out and bought them at secondhand stores, filled up my bookcase, and pretended...
Praying with Your Feet: Getting in the Pilgrim State of Mind Can Be as Easy as a Walk in the Park
FEW HUMAN ACTIVITIES ARE MORE BASIC THAN WALKING, and few more taken for granted. You need to watch an infant to be reminded that walking is a hard-won achievement. Learning to walk is one of the main projects of our first year of life. Somehow it...
Room to Grow
ROOM TO GROW Adrienne Young (Addiebelle Music, 2007) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Everywhere I turn these days I keep running into very young people playing very old styles of country music--stuff that pre-dates the country music industry. Old Crow...
See No Evil: While Much of the World Has Closed Its Eyes to the Genocide in Darfur, Catholics Are Helping Refugees and Spreading the Word about the Tragedy
Along with his sister and her children, Ousman Adam Abdullah now shares the dusty confines of his tent in eastern Chad with the ghosts of his past. Thinking back on the attack that forced him to free Darfur and separated him from his family members--including...
Shelter Me, O God: Faith Can Mean the Difference between Life and Death for Victims of Domestic Violence
Geri had been married for several years to a solid, hard-working man when things started to get "weird." She discovered hundreds of dollars worth of *69 charges on their phone bill from him checking whom she had been calling. He berated her for spending...
Submissive to Your Husband? Scripture and Traditional Teachings Can Get in the Way of Victims' Healing
Several of my female friends have shared with me the trauma they suffered as children. One was assaulted twice at knifepoint and stalked before she was 14. Another was forced to perform oral sex on her brother from the age of 7; at 18 she was sexually...
Take Two Tablets: The Ten Commandments Are the Perfect Prescription for a Happy Family
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS: A HANDY EXAMINATION-of-conscience tool taught to young Catholics. Some say they're dismissed nowadays as too negative in a world grown accustomed to permissiveness and positive spin. But the Ten Commandments as a prescription...
Where Did the Clerical Collar Come From?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mark Twain once remarked that "clothes make the man" because "naked people have little or no influence on society." Since clergy aren't known for appearing nude in public, we should probably stick to the question of whether...
Wonder Women: Young Women Today Have Plenty of Role Models, but the Church Could Stand to Add a Couple of Modern Superheroes to the Mix
OUR DAUGHTER GRADUATES FROM COLLEGE THIS year, part of the first generation of American university students composed mostly of women. She is also part of the first generation of American voters to elect a woman to serve as Speaker of the House, and...

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