Judgment call: Bishop v. conscience
A bishop’s authority cannot replace the graced conscience of the baptized.
I’ll never forget my first serious argument with a priest: I was a senior in high school and co-director of a retreat. A highlight of the experience was a surprise letter from our parents, often an emotional moment after a long weekend of little sleep, a lot of soul-searching, and the combined intensity of 40 teenagers.
Many cultures, one faith
In his interview with the editors, Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas weighs in on cultural issues in the parish. See our full interview with him, It takes a parish.
What's the key to promoting a Catholicism that isn't Eurocentric?
Pregnant with possibility: Joyce Rupp on keeping the faith
In this edited version of her acceptance speech for the 2004 U.S. Catholic Award, author Joyce Rupp describes herself as a spiritual midwife, aiding the birth of a more balanced and inclusive church.
A medical midwife has to be knowledgeable about the birthing process. She informs and helps the one giving birth. She cheers the mother on but cannot do the birthing for her. So, too, with a spiritual midwife.
A vision of things to come
Living in daily expectation of "seeing God,"Father Godfrey Diekmann, O.S.B. shares his thoughts about heaven, beauty, and deification.
Scratching the stained-glass ceiling, an increasing number of women hold leadership positions in the church. A look at the gifts they bring and the challenges they face.
Unexcusable absence: How Catholic schools reach Hispanic students
Catholic schools have largely failed to attract Hispanic Catholics, but some parishes have found innovative ways to draw them in.
As her Puerto Rican immigrant mother had done with her as a child growing up in Chicago, Jennifer Bonesz sent both of her daughters to Catholic schools. Athena, 14, attended from preschool through eighth grade, and Damary, 8, from preschool through third grade.
Philanthropy helps to fill seats at Catholic schools
At the urban Dallas public school she had attended since kindergarten, Karen Hernandez’ grades were mediocre. By the end of fifth grade, her parents didn’t like the direction she seemed to be heading as the precarious adolescent years neared. “She was a follower, and she was starting to hang out with the wrong crowd,” recalls her mother, Belinda Hernandez.
Value added? Catholic professional schools
The jury’s out on whether Catholic law and business schools give students a higher degree of faith.
When Brian Chan was applying to graduate business schools in 2002, finding a Catholic university was not on his wish list at all.
“I applied to the programs that had the biggest names—Harvard, Stanford, Wharton,” Chan says. “I didn’t consider whether they were Catholic or not. I went for the higher rankings.”
Change we can believe in: The pope, condoms, and church teaching
Church teaching is the same always and everywhere—except when it isn’t.
Using the words “pope” and “condom” in the same sentence is bound to draw attention; when it’s the pope himself using the latter word in a sentence of his own, the world takes notice.
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