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Articles from Vol. 84, No. 11, November

A Cautionary Tale: The Life of Angelique Arnauld Suggests That There Is Such a Thing as Too Much Church Reform
Almost a year after the Vatican removed now disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from ministry and nearly five months after U.S. bishops met in Baltimore to address the ongoing sexual abuse crisis, many Catholics are feeling frustrated by the...
Burned Out: While Lay Ministry as a Whole May Be Flourishing, Some Catholics Are Burning the Candle at Both Ends
Sue Antoinette, a retired youth minister in Cincinnati, spent her career being attentive to others' needs. But she didn't always receive the same in return. Because Antoinette worked with kids, she found that people tended to take her work less seriously....
Forward Mission
I found Jack Jezreel's essay truly inspirational ("A parable for parishes," September). Jesus was all about healing, serving, and being in everyday contact with his disciples--not distancing himself through doctrine, rules, or laws. In fact, he railed...
Green Your Parish: As Climate Change Becomes an Increasing Threat, Parishes Are Taking Steps to Answer Pope Francis' Call for Sustainability
In May 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si' (On Care for Our Common Home). In his second encyclical, the pope urges Catholics to be mindful of their environmental impact and to actively work for environmental justice. He says of the importance of sustainability,...
Hike for the Holidays
The average American spends nearly 90 percent of their life indoors. I recently heard this statistic during an REI advertisement and immediately Googled it to verify. (It's unfortunately true.) Disturbed, I suddenly realized that it was 2 p.m. and I...
I,i
i,i Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar, 2019) Bon Iver released its fourth album in a typically enigmatic way. After an official announcement of a late August release, the cryptically named i,i was released to streaming services weeks before that. It was a gift that...
In Her Words: Scripture Is Filled with Masculine Language and Troubling Statements about Women. How Might Parishes Handle This?
Dear Joan, Where can we find communities who accept us fully for who we are? How can the church reach out to people who have been wounded by an institution whose practices can at times isolate people like my mother? How have you navigated a world in...
Saint Peter and the Goldfinch
SAINT PETER AND THE GOLDFINCH By Jack Ridl (Wayne State University Press, 2019) There's an old joke that defines an optimist as an accordion player with a pager. (You know it's an old joke because of the word pager.) One could add that an optimist is...
Speak Up: Six High School Students' Catholic Faith Drove Them to Fight for LGBTQ+ Equality in the Church
Shelly Fitzgerald gushes over the kids who formed the advocacy group named for her, saying they saved her life. In August 2018, after 15 years of successful employment at her Catholic alma mater, Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Fitzgerald was abruptly...
Take the Lead: The Late Political Theorist Jerome Kerwin Might Help Solve Our Modern Crises
Like me, Jerome Kerwin (1896-1977) was a Catholic political theorist. He was the first Catholic appointed to the faculty at the University of Chicago. Despite his early life in Upstate New York, he became an icon of what I think of as Chicago's own particular...
What's the Difference between Sunday and the Sabbath?
Names matter. St. John Paul II clearly writes in Dies Domini (On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy) that Sabbath (the seventh day of the week) and Sunday (the first day of the week) are different. Sunday fulfills the Sabbath. Naming Sunday as "the Christian...
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