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Articles from Vol. 72, No. 5, May

All the News That's Fit to Pray: Writing the Prayers of the Faithful Makes Us Mindful of the Stories That Matter Most
WHAT ON EARTH AM I GOING TO SAY? THESE words ran through my head in a continuous loop, and not because I'd been cornered at a cocktail party by someone I didn't know. It was Thursday night, and I was at home trying to write the prayers of the faithful...
A Mormon for President?
The primary voting season already looks a bit shopworn, yet the first caucuses and elections are many months down the road. A woman, a mixed-race man, and a Mormon are among the dozens of people from both political parties running toward the White...
Anglican Idol: Though the Pop Hits of U2 May Not Be Coming to a Catholic Church near You, the Latest Eucharistic Fad Still Has a Lesson to Offer
ON THIS PENTECOST EVE ANGLICAN BISHOP Timothy Ellis of Grantham will preside at a U2charist--and, no, that's not a misspelling. The U2charist--where the songs of the Irish rock band U2 replace the customary liturgical repertoire--is the brainchild...
Babel
BABEL Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Paramount Vantage, 2006) In Genesis 11 God creates a cacophony of tongues that divides and scatters humanity into a jumble of alienated tribes. Given its title, you might expect this riveting and interlocking...
Be Our Guest? the U.S. Should Be a Good Host and Protect the Migrant Workers Who Knock on Our Door
IN THE COLONIAL PERIOD THE DESTITUTE AND DESPERATE escaping the poverty of European backwaters made their way to America as indentured servants, signing away the only commodity they had to offer: themselves. Frequently used up to the end of human endurance...
Don't Hijack the Homily! Preaching about the Scripture at Mass Is Just Too Important to Be Replaced, No Matter How Critical the Cause
FORTY YEARS AGO A BRITISH CATHOLIC BISHOP WAS asked to describe the proper position of the laity. The poor man--unhinged by nuns with knees, teenagers with guitars, and priests with hair over their ears--famously replied, "Seated beneath the pulpit...
Feedback
The worst substitution for a homily that I ever witnessed was ... When a priest advised the congregation on who the best candidate to vote for in an election was (by party, not name). Katherine White Newport News, Va. Giving the financial...
Film School: Teacher-Student Relationships in Movies Can Be Inspirational or Downright Creepy. but as Catholics It's Up to Us to Help Each Other Learn and Grow
ALL OF US WANT TO BELIEVE WE EACH HAVE AN IMPACT on other people's lives. Maybe this is why teaching--in spite of the low pay and bureaucratic nonsense--seems so attractive. We believe teachers can make that sort of a difference, inspiring students...
How Quickly We Forget: We Owe It to Today's Immigrants to Be Honest about the Difficulties and Prejudices against the Huddled Masses Who Came before Them
On my father's side, my great-great grandparents came to this country from Germany sometime in the middle of the 19th century. What their Catholic immigrant lives were like, I could not say. Their stories lie too far back in the generations, lost in...
Into Africa
WHEN LEILA DE BRUYNE WAS 19, HER IDEA of poverty in Africa was something like a National Geographic special: a vast, green landscape dotted with thatched-roof huts, an almost romantic, beautiful kind of poverty. After three summers' work in an orphanage...
My Skeleton Crew: The Prophets May Have Been Major Pains for Those They Pestered, but Their Inspired Word Can Still Breathe Life into Dried Up Spirits
A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T MOURN THE PASSING OF THE ERA of the prophets, but I do. Sure, these were coarse people, hard to love, rarely befriended, who preferred the harsh desert to the soft life of the city. Prophets insisted they knew God's will better...
Not Just Lip Service: Every Sunday Many Catholics Mumble Their Way through the Recitation of What We Believe. Doesn't the Creed Deserve to Be Proclaimed with a Little More Gusto?
I imagine that for an awful lot of Catholics, reciting the Creed is something like a break in the action of the liturgy--a kind of pause between the two major sections of the Mass. As those overly familiar formulas slip past their lips, many Mass-goers...
Pilgrim's Prognosis: While a Chronic Illness Often Means Constant Visits to the Hospital, It Can Also Become a Spiritual Journey
We think of pilgrimages as long walks to remote holy places, but even a short walk to the supermarket has the potential to become a pilgrimage. There are also pilgrimage journeys that have little or nothing to do with changing location. For example,...
St. Januarius, Save Me! Joseph Ritz's Marriage Seemed Doomed before Vows Were Even Said-That Is until an Unlikely Hero Came to the Rescue
It was a warm weekend in May when my wife asked me to top the middle of the road in Naples, New York. "St. Januarius!" she said excitely pointing to a white church of modern design. "St. Januarius" was not one of her usual expressions, but I knew...
The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard
THE SERMON ON EXPOSITION BOULEVARD Rickie Lee Jones (New West, 2007) Rickie Lee Jones is 52 years old now, the mother of a teenaged daughter, a sober political activist, and spiritual seeker. Her new album is dominated by a raw, aching spiritual...
What a Difference a Mass Makes: The Editors Interview Father Keith Pecklers, S.J
As a professor of liturgy at Rome's Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Jesuit Father Keith Pecklers has a unique perch from which to view the current liturgical controversies. "I've gotten to the point where I can read a Vatican document and have a sense...
What Is a "Defrocked" Priest?
Over the last few years, the phrase "defrocked priest" has appeared in news reports about clergy removed from ministry for sexual abuse. Because it is a popular rather than canonical term, its meaning is vague. It can be used incorrectly, for example,...

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