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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 7, July

Amid Scandal, a Fresh Look at Vocations. (Signs of the Times)
Pope John Paul II convened two major conferences in late April dealing with vocations in North America. Two years ago he called for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to the Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life in North America to take place...
A Recipe for Reform? Power to the Pastry Chef! Can a Kolachky Crisis Teach the Church How Great a Contribution Women Make?
Being a woman in the Catholic Church can be an exercise in frustration. In fact, one could argue that the role of women in the church hasn't expanded, in any real sense, for 30 years. God is spoken of--almost always--in male terms. Nearly all decision-making...
Catholic Family Feud: Can We Find Common Ground? (Interview)
Several months before his death in 1996, Chicago's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin announced the formation of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative to help bridge the deep divisions he saw in the Catholic Church in the U.S. Its objective, he said, was, "a...
Catholic Tastes
WHO HATH EARS to hear, let them turn their #@$%&* cell phones off! The recently installed newest electronic gadget at the Parish of the Defenseless in Moraira, Spain has made Father Francisco Llopis a hero to priests and parishioners worldwide....
Could This Be the Age of the Laity? (You May Be Right)
THANK YOU FOR LESLIE SCANLON'S ARTICLE, "HERE comes everybody's church" (May). I found particularly helpful the quote from R. Scott Appleby saying that the church ought to "provide financial and career support for lay ministries and not see them as...
Denied Access. (You May Be Right)
I read April's The Examined Life ("Sins--and crimes--of our Fathers") by Thomas H. Groome, and I felt I needed to comment. As a cradle Catholic and one who has been deeply involved in the lay ministry of the church, I find the question of opening up...
Don't Put Aside Childish Ways: An American Living in India Offers Her Unique Perspective on Parenting and the Spiritual Challenges of Consumerism
"In my day," I started scolding my son last week, intending to give him a lecture on what a wonderful teenager I had been relative to him. "Mom," he said in exasperation. "You aren't dead yet. It's still your day." This is true, of course, for...
Feud for Thought. (Editor's Note)
Talking on the phone with my mother recently, I mentioned a conflict U.S. CATHOLIC had experienced in connection with a couple of controversial articles we had run. I had just explained to her how I had pushed for a strong stance in favor of an open...
Greetings from Guatemala: Central America Begins Another Deadly Season of Drought. (Margin Notes)
THE SMALL CHILD REGARDS HER VISITORS WITH shining eyes and a happy, if slightly perplexed, smile. Her thin body held rigidly against the back of a baby's chair, she is no bigger than a toddler herself, though a staffer from our hosts on this poverty...
Keep in Touch with Your Faith: Uneasy with Medieval Rituals and Relics, a Mother Reflects on the Very Different Ways in Which She and Her Son Approach and Practice Their Faith
In the churches of northern Italy, aside from tourists admiring frescoes or debating the difference between the neoclassical and Baroque, we found mostly old women. Perhaps it's that way everywhere. The closer we stand to death, the more burdened we...
Laity on the Line: Now More Than Ever, It's Time for Laypeople to Claim the Right to Stake out Who They Are
A WOMAN WAS DISGRUNTLED AFTER A MEETING WITH HER pastor. Dissatisfied with some recent event in the parish, she had gone in to voice her concern. Unexpectedly, however, the pastor erupted: "No matter what we do for you people, it isn't enough!" ...
Let's Bring Back Women Deacons: The Early Church Ordained Women Deacons, So What's Stopping Us Now? Fear of the Slippery Slope toward Women Priests Is a Poor Excuse, Especially When So Many Women Are Equally Trained and Equally Called. (Sounding Board)
THE HUSBAND AND WIFE SIT SIDE BY SIDE IN THE pew, anxiously awaiting the culmination of four years' preparation. A lot of hard work and dedication have gone into this. The commitment is serious and lifelong, but the benefits will be rich. Soon,...
Power Plays: As Women Well Know, Power Often Runs Amok in Good Ol' Boys' Clubs. (the Examined Life)
THIRTEEN MEN. ALL BUT ONE WHITE. AVERAGE age: 60-something. Dressed like medieval royalty, they are looking pretty nervous. The photographs that accompanied the news coverage of the pope's "emergency" meeting with the U.S. cardinals last April did...
Pray Where You Are: We Can Pray on Our Way to Work or Jogging in the Park-God Is Wherever We Are. (Practicing Catholic)
IN THE CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL LIFE, NOTHING IS SIMPLER than prayer. Yet, as it turns out, nothing is more difficult either. All my life I have yearned and struggled to be faithful to prayer. As a young, excessively idealistic seminarian I often forced...
Rest for the Weary: God Remains with Us in Our Suffering and Burdens and Wants to Lighten Our Loads. (Testaments)
THE RUSSIAN WOMAN IS CLEARLY IN TROUBLE. The driver of the pickup can see that as soon as he catches sight of her in the distance. What is she doing in the middle of a desert in the southwestern United States? Perhaps she and her friends thought it...
See No Evil: While Movie Wars Are Raging on Screens across the Nation, Uncle Sam Has Managed to Keep Both Media and Citizens in the Dark about the Ugly Reality of Our Real-Life War on Terror. (Culture in Context)
WAR AND GORE ARE BACK ON TOP AT THE Roxy. Just a year after Hollywood trashed Americas drug war by giving Steven Soderbergh's Traffic four Oscars, tinsel town has gone stark raving bullish on the war on terror. Since 9/11 war flicks have been rolling...
Spirituality Cafe
CLASSIC QUOTE: "If you can find a place where God is not, go there and sin with impunity." (Saint Anselm, www.expage.com/saintquotes) IN THIS SEASON. Because of so much piety surrounding Maria Goretti's choice to die a virgin rather than submit...
The Good Old Days Are Now: What Today's Families Are Doing Right
School shootings, the movie American Beauty, and scores of television documentaries have highlighted the deplorable state of the American family. We are painful aware of what families are doing wrong, but who's talking about what our families are doing...
To Drink or Not to Drink. (You May Be Right)
May's The Examined Life ("Communion waiver") by Robert McClory is absolutely wrong regarding health risks in sharing a communal cup. Period. I have practiced medicine for 14 years, all of which have been with the attempt to prevent the spread of infectious...
Why Does the Church Venerate Relics? (Glad You Asked: Q&A on Church Teaching)
Relics are still part of the Catholic liturgical tradition, but, like other pre-Vatican II practices, they're not heard about much in teaching or preaching these days. When the body of Blessed Pope John XXIII--now 38 years dead, beatified, and considered...
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