Battle fatigue

By Robert J. McClory| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Vatican
Five years into the sex abuse crisis, some Catholics are growing weary, while others are cautiously optimistic.

 


Here comes everybody else

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life
Our color in the Crayola box of "flesh tones" shouldn't determine our place in the church.

Corporate reorganizations have become so common that they hardly merit mention, even when the corporation in question is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB has been under steady pressure to reduce costs and has just completed a process of "streamlining." As anyone who's been reorganized or streamlined well knows, that means cutting staff and departments.


Ni aquí nor there

By Agustin Gurza| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life
They're not immigrants, but they don't feel fully "American" either: U.S.-born Latinos are struggling to find their place in the U.S. Catholic Church.

That all may be one

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life Scripture and Theology
As a novice, María Elena González wanted to be a "kitchen sister," just like the sister she admired. That was not, however, what was in store for her. Still, she wanted to be with the people, to work in a parish. She did work in Guatemala for a while. Later, she was happy serving the people of Lubbock, Texas as diocesan chancellor when she was called to have a still larger impact: to become the first woman president of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio.

Start spreading the Good News

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The first (and most ignored) rule of preaching the gospel: "Know your audience."

A friend's birthday party occasioned one of the odder questions I've been asked lately: "Do you practice religion?" My questioner seemed genuinely curious-not hostile or incredulous-but I couldn't help feeling as if I'd been asked how often I sacrifice goats. The stylish, 25-year-old woman represented the demographic brass ring for most churches, the coveted-though-AWOL, professional, single "young adult." Yet she knew next to nothing about religion.


Make it personal

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Article Spirituality
Millions have headed for the exits without getting the best of what we have to offer.

Seven habits of highly effective mass goers

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

 

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who won't respond? Or tried to dance with someone who won't move? What would happen if the outfielders just stood there and stared as the ball was hit deep into center?


Come one come all

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck and Lisa Calderone-Stewart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Young Adults

Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."

While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.


Come one come all

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck and Lisa Calderone-Stewart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Young Adults

Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."

While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.


Closing arguments

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Though they agree that sometimes a parish must be closed, U.S. Catholic readers have plenty of suggestions on how the process might be improved.

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