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U.S. Catholic: June 2008

June 2008
Generation why? Catholic teens aren’t afraid to ask: The under-18 set is known for questioning, and Christopher Ringwald finds that religious topics are fair game. You may find that some of their queries are on your list, too.

Our love is here to stay: Catholicism has just what the doctor ordered for making marriages last.

Come one, come all: "Whole community catechesis" may not make a catchy slogan for religious education, but it's working for parishes that try it, even if they can't say it three times fast.

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Breaking news:

Jul 2:
Unhappy hour: More underage viewers exposed to more alcohol ads
South African churches ask world not to recognize Mugabe presidency

Jun 24:
Boycott of Smithfield products urged
Soup kitchens as political activism: What's appropriate for whom?
Environmental commandments come in twos

Jun 12:
WYD social networking site connects youths to build faith, friendship
Catholics, Muslims in south Florida team up to aid Myanmar

Jun 10:
Looking inward leads to love, Dalai Lama tells Christians
Pakistani church urges constitutional amendments to end discrimination

Jun 6:
Women religious say nations' policies don't help trafficking victims
Priest says he erred by backing McCain at pulpit, still endorses him

Jun 5:
Vatican official: Cluster-bomb treaty shows solidarity with victims

Jun 4:
Jerusalem patriarch says people are capable of achieving peace

Jun 4:
Pro-life law professor stunned by priest's refusal of Communion

Jun 3:
Jesuit urges U.N. to improve international protection of workers

May 29:
Bishop applauds abolishment of Nepal's 239-year-old monarchy

May 28:
South African churches rally to help victims of xenophobic violence

May 27:
Texas Catholics offer support to children from FLDS ranch

May 23:
Farmworkers win a more just wage from Burger King

May 22:
Religious leaders support reworked U.S. Senate climate-change bill
Restraining order keeps autistic 13-year-old out of Minnesota church

May 15:
Rome Diocese erects parish dedicated to use of Tridentine Mass
Teams of church volunteers to offer medical care, moral support
Polish Catholic woman who saved children from Nazis dies at 98

May 13:
Directive from Archbishop Flynn ends lay preaching at Mass
Chinese priests work around disruptions to assess quake damage


There Will Be Blood
Paul Anderson's adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil! joins an impressive list of Hollywood classics lancing the boil of ambition and greed in the underbelly of the American dream. Like Citizen Kane, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Godfather, Chinatown, and Wall Street, Anderson's brooding and violent epic takes aim at a ruthless and savage winner-take-all ethic buried deep in the American psyche.

Older Catholics may recall a story about the standard penance for gossip. "On a blustery day shake out the contents of a feather pillow from a high window. The next day collect every feather scattered across the landscape."

marry me st vincentMarry Me
St. Vincent (Beggars Banquet, 2007)
Marry Me, the first album from St. Vincent, takes the listener from one extreme to the other. Most of the music is light and jazzy, but the lyrics are laden with images of violence, war, revenge, and uncertainties.

before dallasBefore Dallas
Anyone who has been confounded by the church's mishandling of the child sex abuse crisis will benefit from Nicholas Cafardi's detailed account of the church's response prior to the 2002 approval in Dallas of the U.S. bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

As Cafardi, both a civil and canon lawyer, points out, concern about sexual abuse was not born of the 20th century. Collections of canon law have long had provisions on how to handle such offenses by clerics. Why these were not followed, and why other roads were taken instead, serve as the core of the book.

More selections from the June issue of U.S. Catholic

Margin Notes
Reality Bites Back
New show ideas are endless - and depressing - when real life is the true basis of TV

The Examined Life
Mea Maxima Culpa
Among the many victims of the Iraq war have been our fellow Catholics

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Selections from the April issue of U.S. Catholic

good news The Examined Life
Lab partners
Instead of shooting rhetorical spitballs in the other's general direction,
boosters of both science and religion should start sharing a desk.

Margin Notes
I think I can, I think I can
A 19th-century mode of transport may be the answer to our current environmental woes.

Selections from the March issue of U.S. Catholic

Margin Notes
Womb for rent
Have infertile couples taken a maternity leave of their senses?

good news The Examined Life
Start spreading the Good News
The first (and most ignored) rule of preaching the gospel: "Know your audience."

Selections from the February issue of U.S. Catholic

Margin Notes
global warming Hot enough for you?
The world's poor face an even bleaker future than polar bears, thanks to global warming.

The Examined Life
Here comes everybody else
Our color in the Crayola box of "flesh tones" shouldn't determine our place in the church.

Selections from the January issue of U.S. Catholic

Margin Notes
death takes a holiday Death takes a holiday
But the question is whether executions will take a permanent vacation in the United States.

The Examined Life
Despite terror that women are staging a coup de church, the numbers just don't add up.

Selections from the December issue of U.S. Catholic

Margin Notes
Bank robbery
Forgive us our bad debts—many of which were made fraudulently to developing countries.

not all roads lead to rome The Examined Life
Not all roads lead to Rome
The diverse challenges of a struggling world need local solutions from a flexible church.

Selections from the November issue of U.S. Catholic

Care package Margin Notes
No more CARE packages
Instead of dumping grain in poverty-stricken regions, we should be investing cash.

The Examined Life
More than words
Rather than threaten our Christian faith, exploring the language and spiritual practices of other religious traditions may instead make us better Catholics.

Selections from the October issue of U.S. Catholic

Margin Notes—Kevin Clarke
Cracks in the system
Deferring infrastructure maintenance for war spending builds a bridge to nowhere.

The Examined Life—Bryan Cones
How green is your faith?
We should honor God the Father by caring for our Mother Earth.

Promise of the Promised Land:
Elias ChacourArchbishop Elias Chacour of Galilee is working to create his own biblical vision of the Holy Land, in which people of all faiths live together in peace.

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