U.S. Catholic

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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 11, November

Absence-Minded
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Are we missing anyone tonight?" roared Bruce Springsteen during his September concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field. A spotlight fell on the empty seat of Springsteen's longtime saxman Clarence Clemons, who died last year. Another...
Advanced Screening: Technology That Allows Us to Watch Our Favorite Shows at the Press of a Button Also Invites Us to Join a Worldwide Viewing Party
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Watching the London Olympics this summer reminded me of the way we used to watch TV--together. In July and August nearly 220 million Americans watched some part of the games, joining a global audience of nearly 4 billion people....
Death Becomes Us
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While most voters will be eagerly awaiting the results of this month's presidential election, the Massachusetts ballot will have a less publicized decision for voters to consider: whether to join Oregon and Washington state...
Less Isn't More
Jesus warned that the poor we will always have with us. There are times when we seem to come close to losing them, though. During the Clinton years, U.S. employment was so robust that even young African American men, a demographic notoriously locked...
Life during Wartime
I grew up on an Air Force Base during the last decade of the Cold War. By age 5, I knew well what a nuclear bomb was and that the threat of a nuclear war loomed with the then-U.S.S.R. The threat pervaded even my elementary school, where, like those...
Lives of Import: Fair Trade Products Help Women Gain Ground in the Global Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Armed with four security personnel, you would think I'd feel safe. Instead, I feel like a sitting duck, waiting in the backseat of a Toyota and watching as two of my security guards try to talk their way onto a military base...
Man of Action: You Can Stamp out Worker Exploitation or Racial Injustice, Insisted Ed Marciniak, but First You Have to Get off Your Couch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Recently I gave my students a collection of letters, addresses, and reports by Edward Marciniak, a sociologist, civic leader, and Catholic activist, to serve as the basis of a discussion on economic and racial justice in the...
My Mass Exit: When Tempers Flare around the Table of the Lord, Is It Ever OK Just to Head for the Door?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I did something several months ago that I had never done in my life: I walked out of Sunday Mass in protest. No, fire and brimstone did not descend upon me; my leaving wasn't followed by gnashing of teeth. In fact, I'm sure...
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: It's an Uphill Battle for Returning Veterans as They Look for Support from Their Church and Their Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Coming home still shimmers in Father Vincent Manuel's memory. When he returned from Iraq in 2005, Manuel's flight landed at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, where he and the soldiers on board were greeted by water cannons the...
Power Widows: Societal Outcasts Thanks to the Death of Their Husbands, the Widows of the Ancient World Had No Place to Look but Up, and Increased Their Faith in God
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My mother is a widow. That sounds strange, not only because my father's death is fairly recent but also because my mother is so many things that this word beggars to describe her accurately. The morning my father died Mom...
Robot & Frank
ROBOT & FRANK Directed by Jake Schreler (Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Christopher Ford and Jake Schreier's film is a quirky, amusing, and occasionally honest caper comedy about an aging burglar who mistakenly breaks...
So Help Me God: No Matter the Beliefs of the Commander-in-Chief, a Historian Finds Faith Often Plays an Important Role in the Oval Office: The Editors Interview David L. Holmes
When President Dwight Eisenhower laid the cornerstone of the National Council of Churches building in New York in 1958, David L. Holmes stood in the crowd of 30,000 that gathered for the event. "I recall that most of the Columbia graduate students...
Vatican 2.0: Fifty Years after the Opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Church Faces New Challenges. in This Second Installment in a Three-Part Series, the Authors Address Women's Authority in the Church, Climate Change, AIDS in Africa, and How the Church Can Become More Attractive to Young People
Women's authority in the church by Phyllis Zagano Principle: Well after the close of the Second Vatican Council, the U.S. bishops wrote that "an important issue for women is how to have a voice in the governance of the church." The best way to...
What Is the History of Marriage?
Before the obligatory "Ave Maria" and a crazy aunt leading "YMCA" at the reception, guests at a Catholic wedding witness "a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by...

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