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U.S. Catholic: March 2008

War stories
Faith on the line in Iraq and at home

As the conflict in Iraq enters its sixth year, some may wonder if faith lies in fragments along with wounded bodies. But trust in God isn’t among the casualties, the editors of U.S. Catholic discover, as they relay the reflections of soldiers, mothers, a chaplain, and a refugee.

Road scholar
If you think Jesus was an idealist with his turn-the-other-cheek approach, take a look at St. Paul, the apostle of do-it-yourself morality. In this Expert Witness interview, Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, O.P. describes the great missionary’s vision for a grown-up church.

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Catholic Tastes: Make your Easter treats just

Margin Notes: Mark Shields take on 2008

The Examined Life: Franciscans 'out' Gorbachev

Signs of the Times: Pope Benedict is not a rock star

michael claytonMichael Clayton
After exploring the murky morality of the media, geopolitics, and the Cold War in Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, and The Good German, George Clooney has turned the spotlight of conscience on the underbelly of corporate law and multinational agribusinesses.

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

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

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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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U.S. Catholic: March 2008