U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 6, June

A Martyr Remembered
Calling Archbishop Oscar A. Romero "a prophet, a martyr, and true pastor of the church," Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony reaffirmed the slain Salvadoran church leader's legacy at a memorial marking the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Romero...
Another Side of Paradise
Is Kalaupapa the world's most isolated spot? That's what Hawaii's King Kamehameha V thought in 1865, when he signed a law banishing people with advanced stages of leprosy (now called Hansen's Disease) to the north shore of the island of Molokai. ...
Captive Audience
Prisons have become one of our biggest money-makers lately, whether it's the latest blockbuster at the box office or the new cell blocks going up two towns over. Patrick McCormick wonders whether there's any escaping this American obsession. LAST...
Catholic Tastes
DEAR TECH SUPPORT: Last year I upgraded Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure....
Don't Get Lost in the Big City
Weekday Mass reflects what's best in our often confused urban lives. THE 6TH-CENTURY BISHOP CAESARIUS OF ARLES wrote, "There are two cities, dearest brethren. The first is the city of the world, the second, the city of paradise. The good Christian...
Feedback
Q: If your family includes both Catholics and non-Catholics, how have you experienced this issue firsthand? The fallen-away Catholics and non-Catholics in my family don't attend Mass regularly, and this problem of receiving the Eucharist is one...
Food for the Journey
Worried about the state of the church? Stop a minute outside a parish hall--and listen. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A CHURCH HALL. Some may be dowdy, some dank. Some are gracious spaces, and some are swank. Some are furnished like corporate boardrooms,...
FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: How to Pass on the Articles of Faith
Years ago, I learned a lesson about passing on religious faith during a golden summer while my family was on vacation. My daughters were young, about ages 3 and 6, and we were staying with my wife s extended family in a spacious summer home just a...
Got Pentecost?
Balloons and wearing red aside, the coming of the Holy Spirit is the point. I HAVE A PROBLEM. AS A freelance writer, one of the things I do for a living is write religious books and materials for children. And in the guidelines for these materials,...
Let's Learn the Living Jesus
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW LUKE TIMOTHY JOHNSON With his 1996 book The Real Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), Luke Timothy Johnson established himself as one of the most forceful critics of the Jesus Seminar's promise to deliver a strictly historical reconstruction...
Let's Stop Posting Bouncers at the Table of the Lord
It's time to change the Catholic Church's strict rules against eucharistic sharing with non-Catholic Christians, argues Meinrad Scherer-Emunds. A FEW YEARS AGO, MY WIFE AND I INVITED HER PARENTS to join us for Mass at our new parish. We had been...
Letters
HAVING READ AND THEN REREAD "WHO FRAMED MARY Magdalene? by Heidi Schlumpf (April), I am left quite disappointed. A great opportunity for building up the church was lost to gender-bashing and sex-biased scholarship. I expect better of U.S. CATHOLIC....
McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES ON PRISON FILMS
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Warner Brothers, 1932). Based on Robert Burns' autobiography, this gritty narrative about the brutality of prison life on a Southern chain gang is part muckraking assault and part film noir. Tracing the slow, inevitable...
Stop This in Memory of Me
The inmate seated at the head of the table in the small counseling room at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania wore chains about his torso and feet. The tears that splattered his manacled hands resting on the table before him were...
The Future under Fire
Depleted uranium munitions could be the next Agent Orange crisis. THE BEST EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF Defense to maintain a "Don't ask us and we won't tell you" policy around the broadening use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions may have been...
What's Down the Road for Mexico?
As Mexico stands at a crossroads, Kevin Clarke looks at the challenges ahead for our southern neighbor and why U.S. Catholics should care. In November citizens of the United States will take part in a familiar electoral ritual that may or may not...
You're My Brother
Working with African refugees teaches one American that we are all connected. Before I was ordained, I spent two years in Kenya with the Jesuit Refugee Service working with refugees from across East Africa. My assignment, at the Mikono Centre in...