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Articles from Vol. 82, No. 9, September

A Woman at Last: In Wonder Woman, Accomplishment Trumps Beauty
In Wonder Woman, there are moments so uncommonly witnessed in film that the audience can almost hear paradigms shifting, like giant tectonic plates of cultural attitudes grating over one another as they struggle to realign. Of course, such shifts should...
Campus Ministry: Multifaith Chaplains Move onto the Quad
While living at a monastery in India, Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan took turns cooking meals for 150 people. So when he became a chaplain at Georgetown this past school year, the Hindu monk priest knew how to stretch the allotted budget for hosting...
Can Every Sin Be Forgiven?
The Catholic Church has historically treated suicide as an unforgivable sin. The reasoning, as articulated by St. Thomas Aquinas, was that suicide was not only a grave sin but one whose very nature deprived a person of the opportunity for repentance...
Community Practice: Founding a Community for Lay Members to Live Lives of Peace and Justice Took Years of Commitment
From the outside there is little evidence that the brownstone on New York's Upper West Side is an unusual community. That is until you notice the crest on the door: a black and white design featuring a rose, a grain of wheat, and the name Benincasa....
Did God Bless America? Patriotic Songs Should Be Approached Carefully at Church
Attending Sunday Mass last year over Independence Day weekend, I watched as the priest gave the final blessing and a man a couple rows ahead genuflected and hurried toward the door. Then the cantor announced that the closing "hymn" would be "America...
Engage with Faith
I am always trying to sort out what is relevant I in church teachings ("Faith in real life," Expert Witness, July). When I joined the seminary in the middle of 1965, the Second Vatican Council was fully underway, and I found the changes in the church...
Faith Away from Home: Early Faith Formation Prepares Young Adults for College-Years before the Admission Letters Arrive
When Sarah, a 19-year-old college sophomore, was confirmed in high school, she had a transformative experience of God. "It was one of the most incredible feelings I've ever had, and it led me to deepen my faith," she says. The young adult years...
From a Room: Volume 1
FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 1 Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville, 2017) Raw, classic, heartbroken, and hard-livin' country has certainly made a resurgence in recent years. Leading this perhaps unexpected resurgence are distinctive voices such as Sturgill...
Hall Mass
By chance I was on campus late at night recently, and realized that I could savor Mass in one of the residence halls; there are ten such halls on my campus, with ten small humble unadorned honest chapels, and there are nights when there are small motley...
I Am, through You: God Is in the Ties That Bind All of Creation Together, Says This African Priest
Americans should be better at dealing with ambiguity, says Father Stan Chu Ilo, a research professor of Catholic studies and African Catholicism at DePaul University in Chicago. Life can embrace both joy and sorrow; two people can disagree and yet...
Inside Out: Can Social Emotional Learning Prevent Bullying in Catholic Middle Schools?
Last year Lauren Bowman, an eighth grader at St. Christine School in Youngstown, Ohio, died at home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 13-year-old, who loved Softball, reading, and her dogs, had been bullied at school. For her, ending her life...
Jesus Is the Question: Knowing the 'Catholic Answer' Does Little Good If We're Not Asking the Right Questions
My college roommate Nadine was a Pentecostal Protestant. She read her Bible for an hour faithfully every night after classes and before tackling her other assignments. I marveled at her fidelity to a book that I, a Catholic with 12 years of parochial...
Live on the Margins
I was visiting missionary friends in Turkana, a remote, arid, and desolate region of Kenya, in the summer of 2001. My friends had asked me to help baptize 40 nomadic women at a distant outstation chapel, about a three-hour drive from the main mission...
Terms and Conditions: Parents Can Make Smartphone Use for Kids Safer by Writing Their Own Fine Print
The similarities between automobile and smartphone safety standards are plenty. After the invention of the automobile cars got faster and more powerful each year, and traffic fatalities increased annually as the roads became more crowded with drivers....
The Great Divide
President Trump frequently spoke of urban America during his campaign as a "disaster." In his imagination U.S. cities are mired in 1970s-era crime, unemployment, and blight. His Taxi Driver version of urban life in the United States is unrecognizable...
The Handmaid's Tale
THE HANDMAID'S TALE Season 1 (Hulu, 2017) By now you've probably heard of The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book of the same title. The show takes place in the Republic of Gilead, a world where women have no rights and...
The Meat of the Matter
It is much simpler in these times to just eat meat ("For some Catholics, a vegetarian diet goes hand in hand with faith," uscatholic.org). Why is it holier to just eat vegetables? Vegetarians and especially vegans are traveling down an unnatural path....
The Ties That Bind
In the United States religion is one of those not quite polite topics we steer clear of at parties or work (unless, of course, you happen to work at a Catholic magazine). Sitting down with people you don't know well to share your faith is uncomfortable...
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