U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 2, February

Admission Impossible: Catholic Colleges and Universities Fall Behind Their Secular Counterparts in an Effort to Recruit, Accept, and Keep Poor Students
Many Catholic colleges and universities boast uplifting stories about reaching out to promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a professor at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, I have had the privilege of learning with a remarkable...
A Mass: To the Soundtrack of Washing Machines, 14 People Gather in an Upper Room
The lovely chapel where noon Mass is usually held at my university is in dry dock, having its keel repaired and generally being buffed and honed, so the noon Mass, not usually peripatetic, wandered into a classroom for a while, and then into a tiny...
Curious about George: Hollywood's Leading Actor Shines in Roles That Show Success Doesn't Always Bring Happiness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My seventh-grade English teacher once asserted that although the word gorgeous usually referred to women, some men were drop-dead gorgeous. I knew from other comments that she was thinking about Cary Grant in that moment....
Dancing with the Stars: With 10,000 Billion Billion Heavenly Bodies in the Cosmic Ballroom, God Has Created a Grand Universe of Possibilities
As a priest and an astronomer, Jesuit Father George Coyne bridges the worlds of faith and science, but he's quick to acknowledge that they serve two different purposes. "I can't know if there is a God or if there is not a God by science," he says....
Intro to Religion
As I opened the back door of the small house known as the Catholic Center, I found my path into the kitchen blocked by a tall, broad-shouldered man hunched over in front of the refrigerator. I saw only his dark pants and red sweater as he rummaged...
Medicine Man: Illness and Disability Were Realities in the Ancient World. So Was the Healing Power of Jesus
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's easy to compartmentalize the church as being in the sin business. After all, religion defines what's good and evil, tells the story of sin's origins, wields commandments, and warns about punishments. It even offers means...
New Man on Campus: A New Approach to Student Ministry Is Changing the Catholic Presence on the Quad
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A young man and woman stop short of the Arizona State University Memorial Union. It's lunchtime. James Timberlake asks Jessica Peterson to lead the two of them in prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit to guide them, to give them...
Off the Corporate Ladder: Some Professionals Are Quitting Their Day Jobs and Stepping Up to a New Spiritual Calling
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If someone had told Barbara Evans a decade ago that she'd be working as the director of religious education for a parish in New Jersey, responsible for the faith formation of children and teenagers, she'd have told them they...
Performance Review: U.S. Catholic Readers Provide a Progress Report on Barack Obama's First Term in Office
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since Day 1 of his presidency, Barack Obama has had a rocky relationship with Catholics. His invitation to be honored at Notre Dame's 2009 commencement sparked widespread criticism of the university and a questioning of its...
Sorrowful Mysteries: A Single Mother Battling Cancer Finds a Friend in Mary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A single mother battling cancer finds a friend in Mary. Sure, most everybody gets religion when they get a diagnosis, particularly the ones measured in stages. Except my faith wasn't new, I was a lifer. My diagnosis of...
Stay of Execution
The first time I felt certain of my opposition to the death penalty was, oddly enough, after the execution of a man I knew to be guilty, a mass murderer who had admitted his crime and shown no remorse: Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who...
The Ides of March
THE IDES OF MARCH Directed by George Clooney (Columbia Pictures, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the title suggests, George Clooney's cynical drama about a presidential campaign is a tale of loyalties and betrayals, both personal and political,...
Unbalanced Diet: Our Eating Binge Is Purging the Developing World of Access to Healthy Foods
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a world of want where 1.4 billion people are struggling to survive on $1.25 a day, the No. 1 global health problem related to food is now obesity. According to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the 1.5...
Undun
UNDUN The Roots (Def Jam, 2011) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Roots are famous now as the house band on The Jimmy Fallon Show, but they've been legend among America's better-informed music lovers for a couple of decades. They emerged in the early...
Wanted: A New Sacrament
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have finally adopted Teenasia, who has been our foster daughter off and on for the past eight years. With any adoption comes a list of things the adoptive parents need: diapers and fuzzy-footed sleepers, or passports and...
Woman of Substance: The Medieval Abbess Hildegard of Bingen Was a Nun Ahead of Her Time
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The abbot traced a cross on my forehead with his thumb. "Julia Hildegard, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." Hildegard of Bingen had come to my mind as a natural choice for a patron saint well before I made the decision...
Would God Lead Us into Temptation?
"Lead us not into temptation." Christians have prayed these words so many times, it's easy to slide over their meaning, but they are a bit curious, aren't they? Would God really lead people into temptation? Isn't that supposed to be the job of the...