U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 1, January

A Bumper Crop of Proverbs
This past October I suggested that bumper stickers are an endangered species and asked you to report interesting bumper sticker sightings. Many, many e-mails from readers reporting a host of bumper stickers happily clogged cyberspace. Jim Berg from...
All the Presidents' Movies
The campaigning has ended, the ballot counting has concluded, and the American people are weary of presidential politics taking over their TV screens. Or are they? As the hit series "The West Wing" has proven, in reel life, Americans like to follow...
Back to Where You Once Belonged
How to welcome back Catholics who've been away As a 39-year-old husband and father, much of Mark's life is taken up with the daily and often demanding tasks of family, including spending time with his 6-year-old son. While Mark's father and grandfather...
Black Catholics Discuss Solutions
"What we need a plan," said parish pastoral coordinator Joyce Gillie to over 2,000 African American Catholics gathered at the Archdiocese of Chicago's first-ever Black Catholic Convocation, one of the largest diocesan black Catholic convocations in...
Catholic Tastes
JUDGE NOT ... Three theologians lost a lawsuit they had filed on behalf of Jesus Christ in a Munich, Germany court against both the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches. The plaintiffs took the churches to court for bringing Christ's name...
Get Wise to the Epiphany
The journey of the Magi and our own pilgrimages lead to the same insight: That God is everywhere, but especially in "little" places. "WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE / BEARING gifts we traverse afar / Field and fountain, moor and mountain / Following...
Inferior Logic
In his bestselling book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, humorist Al Franken recalls 1996 presidential candidate Pat Buchanan's answer to a question about his religious convictions. Buchanan, a Catholic, opined, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the...
Just Say No to This Drug War
"Plan Colombia" promises to escalate an intractable and brutal conflict. SEEKING TO DISRUPT THE U.S. COCAINE MARKET while stabilizing Colombia's increasingly shaky government, President Bill Clinton and his Colombian counterpart, Andres Pastrana,...
Let's Cut Hunger in Half
If we only had the will, the U.S. could find a way to overcome the scandal of hunger both at home and abroad. And Christians, says Bread for the World president David Beckmann, could do a lot more to make that happen. MOST PEOPLE IMAGINE that dramatically...
Mass on the Go
Making the extra effort to go to Mass while traveling can make us all more catholic. MY FAMILY HAS LOGGED MORE THAN 30,000 miles in cramped vehicles on numerous summer vacations in the past two decades. Those long drives from Illinois to North Carolina...
McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES ON PRIME PRESIDENTIAL PLOTS
State of the Union (MGM, 1948). Not as famous or heartwarming as Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but maybe just as timeless. Before John McCain's battle over campaign-finance reform or Hillary Clinton's election to the Senate, Spencer...
Seven Don'ts Every Parent Should Do
ALL THREE KIDS WERE IN THE BACKSEAT, buckled into big plastic car seats: the twins, who were 3 years old, and our firstborn, who was 5 and in kindergarten. Our oldest's earnest review of a burping contest at school--"Jimmy got sent to the principal!"--was...
Spirituality Cafe
GRACE. "God is spreading grace around in the world like a 5-year-old spreads peanut butter: thickly, sloppily, eagerly, and if we are in the back shed trying to stay clean, we won't even get a taste." (Donna Schaper, quoted in 100 Ways to Keep Your...
Though I Walk the Valley of Darkness
Dying can be holy work, and facing our death helps us grow spiritually. SOME THINGS YOU CAN NEVER KNOW ABOUT YOURself in advance. What would I do if I saw someone drowning in the Chicago River one morning as I walked from the train? Would I leap...
We Need to Revise Our Perfidious Views
We may no longer on Good Friday for the "perfidious Jews" level the loaded charge of "Christ killers" against our Jewish brothers and sisters, but how many homilies have you heard that contrasted the New Testament "God of love" with the Old Testament...
What Is the "Dark Night of the Soul"?
On a cartoon posted on my office door, a monk ponders, "Black hole of the mind?" " Tar pit of the heart?" "Murky morning of the Spirit?" "Foggy afternoon of the persona?" The caption beneath the Saint John of the Cross drawing speaks of Saint John...
What's in a Name?
The church doesn't know what to call what laypeople do any suggestions? ANYONE WHO HAS STUDIED LANGUAGE knows the importance of naming. As the Little Prince realized, to name something is be willing to take responsibility for it--to love it. To...
When Bad Weather Happens to Good People
What is God doing when thousands perish in earthquakes and hurricanes, floods and famines? Near the end of the Prayers of the Faithful one Sunday morning, I heard this plea: For the thousands who drowned in the Asian typhoon last night. We pray...