U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 7, July

Body of Evidence: Today's Most Popular Crime Shows Regularly Display the Bloody Corpses of Murder Victims. Patrick McCormick Contrasts the Intended Thrill of Body-Horror with the Biblical Call for Body-Compassion. (Culture in Context)
FOR THE PAST 13 SEASONS, EPISODES OF LAW & Order have begun with the ritual discovery of the body of the murder victim. Invariably, some couple arguing about an eminently forgettable matter stumbles upon the bloody (and not infrequently mutilated)...
Christmas in July. (Odds & Ends)
Back in the Dark Ages, about 50 years ago, a really fine summer vacation meant a two-week or longer stay in a remote cottage perched on the water's edge. Little lake towns with barely a population during the nine-month off-season swelled to epic proportions...
Death-It's a Part of Life. (interview)(Cover Story)
Myles Sheehan has two jobs that cause him to walk with death on a regular basis: One, he's a doctor specializing in the care of old people; two, he's a Jesuit priest. He's also an Irish Catholic from Boston, where wakes constitute a hefty portion of...
Do Catholic Politicians Have a Choice? Today's Prochoice Catholic Politicians Are Testing the Limits of Their Faith Community. (the Examined Life)
THIS PAST JANUARY, AT A MASS TO OBSERVE THE 30TH anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Sacramento Bishop William Weigand suggested that California Gov. Gray Davis consider abstaining from receiving Holy Communion. "Anyone--politician or otherwise--who thinks...
Does the Church Put Faith in Our Youth? A Youth Leadership Project Reveals What It Takes for Parishes to Get Young Catholics More Involved in the Church and Ready for Leadership
Our churches are filled with potential youth leaders. They might sit a few pews over from you at Sunday Mass. They might live in your neighborhood. You might know their parents. But to Marie, a high school senior, it seems that you just don't care:...
Exit Strategies: What U.S. Catholic Readers Consider a Good Death. (Reader Survey)
IT'S ONE OF LIFE'S ONLY TWO CERTAINTIES, they say, but death isn't exactly a fun topic to ponder. So it's no big surprise that our latest survey of readers found the majority of respondents (64 percent) believe that most Americans are in denial about...
How My Kitchen Remodeled Me: Eileen Knoff Found the "Change Orders" That Came during a Kitchen Renovation Weren't Just for Her Kitchen
Groans, sighs, and remarks like "Never again? greeted me when I told friends and colleagues about undertaking kitchen remodeling. "Double the cost, add a third, and double the time estimate," warned our financial planners. "Consider this a lifestyle...
Marginal Prophets: God Speaks to Us through Unexpected Intermediaries Delivering Truths We'd Sometimes Rather Not Hear. (Testaments)
CALL IT AN OCCUPATIONAL hazard, but it becomes hard to listen to a friend, read a magazine, or watch a movie without hearing the biblical overtones and making the connections between God's story and ours. That's why so many of my friends are careful...
Our Grandparent, Who Art in Heaven: A New Grandmother Discovers a New Way to Pray to God
I have loved every step of parenting. When our first child was born, I was afraid to have another, afraid I would never be able to love another baby as much as I loved our son. My daughters taught me just how wrong I was, and together my children all...
Passport to a Global Education. (Editors' Note)
"If a person who speaks three languages is trilingual and a person who speaks two languages is bilingual, what do you call a person who speaks only one language? An American? It's an old joke, but I heard it for the first time while traveling through...
Psalm Pilot: You Won't Need a Reminder If You've Committed Your Favorite Prayers to Memory. (Practicing Catholic)
MANY OF MY GENERATION CAN REMEMBER how in school we were made to memorize things: times tables, dates in history, the Gettysburg Address. A few years ago I started memorizing psalms. I had been praying the Liturgy of the Hours off and on for years....
Rebuilding Bridges in the Balkans
THE BRIGHT TURQUOISE NERETVA RIVER flows through the center of Mostar, dividing this ancient city in Bosnia-Herzegovina in half. The eastern Old City and the newer neighborhoods on the western banks were connected by a graceful footbridge designed...
There's No Defense for This Budget: America's Empire Has Been Detailed for Years in Annual Military Spending Requests. (Margin Notes)
WATCHING THE AMERICAN IMPERIAL MAP MOVE IN recent months from policy-wonk insinuation to boldly declaimed official policy, many folks may themselves wondering how the U.S. ever got to this unexpected moment in world history. The traumatic events of...
What Is the Place of Dissent in the Church? (Catholic Family Feud)
Today the word dissent is usually employed as an accusation in the church. There is of clerical sexual abuse and its handling derives directly from a "culture of dissent." Others rail against dissenters who are disobedient to the magisterium or rebel...