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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 7, July

Can the Church Get in Step with Stepfamilies?
Blending families is not as easy as Carol and Mike Brady made it seem. Unfortunately, the church is sometimes more hindrance than help. Bette Hausman and Don Storck are in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together. If only it were...
Catholic Tastes
YIPPEEAIO! "Taking its place among a growing roster of dynamic and attractive evangelism tools," The Way for Cowboys, its publisher, the International Bible Society, claims, "is gaining immediate approval from its no-nonsense target audience--the American...
Fear Not
Does it make sense to tremble before God who shows us love through good times and bad? SO, WHAT DO YOU DO, STANDING BEFORE THE TABERNACLE with an open can of beer in your hand? The soggy heat of August had subsided that late Sunday afternoon, bringing...
Feedback
Q: I think swearing is a sign of ... Insecurity. People who swear are calling attention to themselves. Swearing makes them feel important. Marilyn Wickel Hillsborough, N.J. Low class, even if the person is a professional or has a college education....
J Is for Justice
How surprising is it, really, that bullied kids bring guns to school? If you were to pay close attention to what passes for justice in our popular media today, you would pick up a very extreme lesson on what's considered fair. WE HAD A CLASS BULLY...
Keep Cybermerica Beautiful
Are netizens ready to help clean up the Internet's pollution problem? EACH MORNING, LIKE THOUSANDS OF MY FELLOW U.S. information workers, I begin my day with a little ritual known as "checking the e-mail." Of those hundreds of messages in a week--thousands...
Keeping Up with the Samaritans
Sometimes the best way to change your neighbors is to become just like them. I LIKE TO THINK there's not much about grown-ups and their faith that would surprise me. For a good part of the past 20 years, I've been involved in adult religious education...
Let's Swear off Swearing
Thanks to The Sopranos and rapper Eminem, four-letter words barely seem to shock anyone anymore. But plenty of Catholics find all this blue language pretty offensive. Mike Latona suggests our society needs its collective mouth washed out with soap....
Not So Fast
Are today's kids so thrill-saturated that they can't grasp the majesty of nature? Another Saturday at the amusement park. Shrill screams, sweaty crowds, and highspeed whiplash-creating machines. This was my kids' idea of a day in the great outdoors,...
Odds & Ends
Wooling the Catholic vote Deep in the dugout of the George W. Bush White House--between rewriting campaign promises on environmental policies and ensuring that the fantastically wealthy get their just share of income tax cuts--the "Catholic vote"...
Spirituality Cafe
PRAIRIE LESSONS: "The prairie, although plain, inspires us. It teaches us that grandeur can be wide as well as tall.... The prairie is a community. It is not just a landscape or the name of an area on a map, but a dynamic alliance of living plants,...
This Is NOT Your Father's Religion
A child of Vatican II calls on her peers to welcome the next generation of young adult Catholics--and embrace a new gospel. If you travel Interstate 90 between Albany and Rochester, New York, on the north side of the highway you will discover a...
Trust Me on This
A few months ago I was invited to attend a conference about young adults in the, church. The idea was to bring together young adults and former young adults to examine why Catholics in their 20s and 30s often are alienated from the church and to brainstorm...
We Shouldn't Have to Beg to Differ
Haven't we learned yet that muzzling dissent does more harm than good and is ultimately fruitless? When I was 15, I asked for instruction in the Catholic faith and was received into the church a year later. My parents, who had no particular religion,...
What's a Catholic to Do?
Excuses abound for leaving the church. While this priest of 53 years can name most of them, he also wonders if Catholics realize just what--and whom--they're leaving behind. Let's face it. The statistics are terrible. In the last 20 years, more...
Where Goes the Priesthood?
After a talk he gave last year, Father Donald B. Cozzens found himself huddled in a corner with a Vatican archbishop. "People in the Vatican are talking about your book," the archbishop whispered. Reflecting on the encounter later, Cozzens wondered,...
Why Memorize Prayers?
Almost 45 years ago, when I was in fourth grade, Sister Mary Enos had us memorize William Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Children's Hour." A few weeks ago this poem came up in a casual conversation with a friend, and I found myself spontaneously...
Wishful Thinking
KEVIN CLARKE'S MARGIN NOTES ("HOW TO BE HEARD ON Capitol Hill," May) is outstanding, even though his idea for establishing a strong Catholic lobby for justice-issues legislation appears far-fetched. We do live in a time and place where big money influences...
Women on Fire for Justice
Things got a little heated during the second Northwest Convocation of Catholic Women in Seattle in April. Not only did the theme of "Tending the Sacred Fire" prompt a plethora of pyrotechnics--including indoor fireworks and bursts of flame during the...
You Are the Weakest Link, Goodbye!
People pitted against one another for cash prizes, and the winner takes all. Sound familiar? THE PICTURE OF THE SCARY LADY CAUGHT MY EYE. Next to her stern visage ran the headline: "NBC cuts sitcoms; adds more `Link.'" So next year we'll have double...