U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 75, No. 8, August

Conference of Major Superiors of Men
April 9, 2010 U.S. Catholic and Claretian Publications John Molyneux, C.M.F., Editor 205 West Monroe Street Chicago, Illinois 606006 Dear Fr. Molyneux, Congratulations on the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Catholic magazine--a special...
Fake It till You Make It: St. Genesius Isn't Just the Patron of High School Thespians. We Can All Learn Something about Acting like Christ from This Legendary Actor
ANYONE WHO WAS A MEMBER OF A CATHOLIC high school or college drama club during the 1950s and '60s no doubt knows about St. Genesius--the patron saint of actors. According to legend, he was an actor during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in...
Feedback
It makes a difference to me that I am a Catholic because ... We have a rich liturgy, a long history, and rich resources for the development of our spiritual life. Patricia Weidinger Camas, Wash. Many denominations have faith and justice,...
Image & Likeness
"Show, don't tell," editors often tell writers who put too much commentary in their reporting. That's not a problem with photographers, though, and one reason why their work is so compelling. Over the years U.S. CATHOLIC has featured powerful images...
Issues That Matter: As U.S. Catholic Turns 75, We Look Back at the Stories That Captured a Rapidly Changing Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1961 Robert E. Burns, the executive editor of the Voice of St. Jude, told a group of editors at the Catholic Press Association Convention in Vancouver that "the Catholic press has suffered too long at the hands of well-meaning...
It Makes a Difference Whether You're Catholic: Not Even the Deepest Frustrations and Disappointments Can Undo the Sense That Belonging to the Catholic Church Makes a Difference-For Ourselves and for Others
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I WAS A STUDENT AT YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL WHEN POPE John Paul II died. He was the only pope of my lifetime, and while he was said to be loved by youth, I struggled with his papacy. His writings on the nature of women challenged...
Keep the Faith: Disease and Disaster Might Challenge Our Belief in God, but despite All That, We Must
One of the most memorable moments of my life was when I conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 20 youths in San Francisco's Children's Hospital--children ranging from 4 or 5 to 16 years of age who were dying from leukemia. I was apprehensive about...
Let's Do Shots! Booze and Bullets Are a Lethal Cocktail No Matter How You Shake It
LOVERS OF FREEDOM SUFFERED A TEMPORARY SETBACK in May when Tennessee Govenor Phil Bredesen vetoed a bill that would allow the state's 270,000 gun permit holders to carry firearms into bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and other establishments that serve...
Let's Talk about What? Don't Swat Away the Birds and the Bees. Start the Conversation Early with Your Kids
THE ONLY TEST I EVER FLUNKED WAS IN MY FRESHMAN year of Catholic high school, when after being out sick a few days, I returned to biology to be handed--to my horror--a test asking us to label the parts of the male reproductive system. Years would...
Love to Live
LOVE TO LIVE The Living Sisters (Vanguard, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nearly eight years ago in a cramped, dimly lit room illuminated by a few strings of white Christmas lights, I first became acquainted with the music of L.A.-based singer-song...
No Gifts, Please
In 1843 Anthony Mary Claret, the founder of the Claretians, wrote "Advice to Nuns" when the Carmelite nuns of Vie, Spain asked him to leave behind a written record of the retreat he had just preached. This was the first in what would become an "advice...
Pastoral Discretion Advised: Law Must Always Be Tempered by Mercy If Justice Is to Be Truly Served
EXCOMMUNICATION WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A PASSE feature of the ancient church, conjuring up images of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV walking barefoot in the snow in 1077 to Canossa to seek the mercy of Pope Gregory VII. Or perhaps one thinks of the memorable...
Sing an Old Song: The Words of Scripture Should Sound like Music to Our Ears-Because Many of Them Are
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN MARY AND ELIZABETH GOT TOGETHER for their now-famous visitation, they gave birth to a song. This shouldn't surprise us. Momentous occasions often inspire folks to "sing a new song." From inaugurations and commencements...
The Foundling
THE FOUNDLING Mary Gauthier (Razor and Tie, 2010) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Mary Gauthier ("go-shay") has a voice like a rusty string on a slide guitar. But that never held Bob Dylan back, and in Gauthier's musical...
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
THE GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Music Box Films, 2009) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fans of the late Stieg Larsson's crime trilogy (a dark Harry Potter for adult murder mystery fans) will want to see this Swedish-language...
The Great Awakening: The Second Vatican Council Unleashed a Wave of Lay Participation in the Church-And There's No Turning Back
Joan Higgins remembers when things began to change at her San Francisco parish. "It was 1968," she says. "We had a new young pastor who was very forward-looking. He turned around the altar, moved the tabernacle to one side, and instituted a moment...
Very Punny
While U.S. CATHOLIC turns 75 this year, Catholic Tastes turned 14 in July. The first installment included the "Odds and Ends" column by Peter Gilmour and a number of serious quotes. Only later did Catholic Tastes become a mix of odd news and Catholic...
We Are the World: In Its 75 Years U.S. CATHOLIC Has Also Covered the Global Church. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana Shares with Us How We Are All Connected
When Cardinal Peter Turkson flies from Ghana to Italy, all the passengers are escorted by police to a small entry point at the airport in Rome, where their documents are checked even before they get to immigration. "Why all this scrutiny?" Turkson...
What Would Jesus Report? in Our 24-Hour News Cycle Culture, the Plight of the Poor Gets Buried beneath Sensational Stories of Scandal
WHAT IF YOU LIVED IN A COMMUNITY WHERE more than 1,200 children died every hour from want of food, clean water, or basic nutrition and sanitation? What if hunger, thirst, and filth killed nearly 30,000 children in your community every day, 900,000...
Where Do We Get the Marian Dogmas?
Although the Roman Catholic dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary are relatively new (1854 and 1950, respectively), the pious attitudes that generated these promulgations are ancient. Scholars of early Christianity are in agreement...

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