Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Very Punny

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Very Punny

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While U.S. CATHOLIC turns 75 this year, Catholic Tastes turned 14 in July. The first installment included the "Odds and Ends" column by Peter Gilmour and a number of serious quotes. Only later did Catholic Tastes become a mix of odd news and Catholic kitsch. Still U.S. CATHOLIC has long prided itself on its sense of humor, horrible puns, shocking titles, and creative covers.

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In one of the first issues of the magazine as U.S. CATHOLIC, the title "Help murder the Jesuits!" (December 1963) is somehow related to the church calendar.

Irreverence was all the rage in 1971 with the titles "God doesn't give a damn" (May, about swearing) and "Should the pastor smoke pot?" (October, about acceptance in the church). The editors also put a smoking teddy bear on a cover in March 1995. Irreverence hit the high point, though, with the April 1999 story about Generation X, "Irreverently yours," with a pierced tongue accepting the Eucharist on the cover. …

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