U.S. Catholic

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

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 11, November

A Modest Wedding Proposal: When Tens of Thousands of Dollars Are Spent on a One-Day Wedding Celebration, the Spiritual Significance of the Event Can Get Lost. It's Time to Make Some Big Changes So the Wedding Represents the True Blessings of Marriage
WHEN PEOPLE CHAT ABOUT WEDDINGS they've attended, what do they mention? The color of the bridesmaids' dresses? The readings or songs? Eye-catching decorations? The meal? Perhaps a unique souvenir, such as a CD of the couple s favorite music? Or the...
An Unlikely Patron
We all have patron saints. We get ours at Baptism and sometimes Confirmation, Their charge, according to tradition, is to keep an eye on their namesakes. Some patron saints, without mentioning any names, must be quite busy. Some saints are assigned...
A Poor Measure of Poverty: Low-Income Americans Deserve a Bigger Piece of the Pie
IF YOU SUPPORTED A SPOUSE AND TWO CHILDREN ON $20,000 a year, you might get by spending only about $8,000 of that on housing, perhaps $2,500 on utilities, $5,000 each on transportation and food, $1,000 on health care, maybe $2,000 on child care, and...
Autocratic Pilate: Though the Gospels Seem to Soften His Image, the Man Who Signed Jesus' Death Warrant Was No Mr. Nice Guy
WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PAY FOR FAME? A friend of mine pointed out that, apart from the Trinity and the Virgin Mary, the only person mentioned by name in the Creed is Pontius Pilate. Our Profession of Faith does not name Joseph, husband of Mary, nor Peter,...
A Woman's Place? the Problem of Gender Equality in the Church Is Not Going to Just Solve Itself
NEWS THAT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WATERTOWN, New York fired an 81-year-old Sunday school teacher in August "for being a woman," ignited the expected indignations. Answering criticism, Pastor Tim LaBouf issued a letter explaining that, though there...
Big Iron World
BIG IRON WORLD Old Crow Medicine Show (Nettwerk, 2006) Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS for short) consists of five twenty-something white guys who play banjos, fiddles, and other acoustic string instruments. So, you're thinking, here come the next...
Does the Church Tell Me How to Vote?
"I believe in an America where ... there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote," declared John F. Kennedy. But today some wonder whether U.S. Catholic bishops are trying to create a political bloc by telling Catholics how to cast their ballots....
Fully Human: What People with Disabilities Can Teach Us about God-And about Ourselves
I attended the Christmas Vigil last year with a Hindu friend who had recently gone through a painful divorce. He had come to spend the holiday with us and, enchanted by all the preparations we had made and the rituals we practiced, he was determined...
Gone but Not Deleted
You could think of it as superstitious, and maybe it is. I like to think of it, though, as something spiritual, even Catholic. I'm talking about the practice I have of holding onto e-mail addresses, phone numbers, street addresses, and other personal...
Help Wanted: Surviving the Spiritual Challenges of Unemployment
When Marilyn Jansen thought about re-entering the job market, she was filled with dread. Years ago Jansen, 50, had left her travel-heavy career of selling computer software to hospitals to concentrate on raising her family. Since then she had also...
It's How You Play the Game: Professional Athletes Who Plagued the Sports World with Scandals This Summer Somehow Missed the Message That Winning Isn't Everything
"I'M SHOCKED, SHOCKED TO FIND THAT GAMBLING IS GOING on in here!" Captain Renault complains in Casablanca, even as he palms his winnings from Rick's roulette table. So, too, sportswriters and fans around the globe spent much of the past summer wringing...
Little Miss Sunshine
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris (Fox Searchlight, 2006) The marital and directorial team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris have graduated from music videos to a heartbreaking knee slapper about a dysfunctional...
Put Your Best Faith Forward: An Interview with Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P
Making a case for Christianity is not an easy sell nowadays, and no one knows that better than Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Participation in church life in his native United Kingdom, like much of Europe, is nearing a dismally low crisis point, while the...
Saints R Us
Let us all rejoice in the Lord and keep festival in honor of Ralph. Ralph was a loving husband and terrific father. At one point he was working three jobs to put his four children through school. Education was everything, he told his kids--and as...
The Price Is Right: Buying Fair Trade Products Can Bring Peace of Mind and Peace on Earth
ONE OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS we put up at the beginning of each Advent is a small, brightly painted nativity set that my parents bought for me as I headed off to college. Missionaries from El Salvador who spoke at our parish had sold crosses,...
Veteran Healer
FOR A MOMENT ONE CAN ALMOST HEAR THE "WHUMP, whump, whump" of a Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter--so nicknamed during the Vietnam War--as it navigates remote parts of the Southeast Asian country. Three clients of Sister Kateri Koverman, each a Vietnam veteran...
Workin' 9 to 5
In May 2004 my life changed drastically. I quit my job as a nighttime copy editor at a Phoenix-area newspaper and moved back to Chicago with my husband, who had just graduated from college. First on our list was to find jobs. CareerBuilder, Craigslist,...