Who's following orders?

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

In a classroom at Mt. St. Vincent's College in the Bronx, New York, Professor Rob Jacklowsky guides his class of sophomore and junior English majors through the intricacies of John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn." Although this poem from the Romantic age of English literature may seem far removed from the day-to-day concerns of this ethnically diverse group of college students, Jacklowsky does everything but turn cartwheels to bring the piece alive for his students.


Why get to know the historical Jesus?

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Article Scripture and Theology

When it comes to figuring out what the Jesus of Christian faith has to do with the anthropological Jesus studied by historians, Catholics are lucky: They have lots of options. "For a Catholic," John P. Meier has written, "the full reality of Jesus Christ is mediated through many channels. . . . My faith in Christ does not rise or fall with my attempt to state what I can or cannot know about Jesus of Nazareth by means of modern historical research."


Not-so-special delivery

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Article Environment
Sometimes the toxic waste is not just in babies' diapers.

The samples reviewed by the researchers at the Washington based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based chemicals, carcinogenic residue from dozens of widely used flame retardants, pesticides, and much more.


Is there life after death?

By Paula D'Arcy| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality

In 1975 the unthinkable happened: Paula D'Arcy lost her husband, Roy, and 21-month-old daughter, Sarah, after a drunk driver hit their car. Pregnant at the time, Paula survived-only to be plunged into excruciating grief over her loss.

As painful as it was, D'Arcy now recognizes that grieving was the best thing that has ever happened to her. Learning to let go and recognizing that all of life is fragile led to a radical spiritual transformation that enabled her to see her Catholic faith in a new light.


Our sisters' keeper

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Article Social Justice Women
A recent United Nations report offers a sobering assessment on the condition of women.

 


Why the Bible sometimes doesn't help

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Scripture and Theology

Many Catholics couples struggling with infertility naturally turn to the scriptures for solace. Maybe they shouldn't.

Although the Old and New Testaments are full of examples of "barren women"-Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Elizabeth, to name a few-it's unlikely that many contemporary infertile couples will find comfort in their stories.


A woman's place is in the Bible

By Gina Hens-Piazza| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Women
Far from being just a story about "the patriarchs," the Old Testament is full of surprising stories about courageous women who keep salvation history on course.


What I learned from Father Dan

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Article Sex and Sexuality
Many gay priests have served and continue to serve our church well. Let's not make them scapegoats for the sins of others.

 

IN OUR CHURCH AND IN THE MEDIA THERE HAS BEEN MUCH TALK about the recently released Vatican instruction on vocation discernment and gay seminarians. As a middle-aged, married woman and the mother of two teenage children who has worked for most of her professional life in ministry, why should I care to add to that debate? Shouldn't I just leave the commenting to a gay priest or seminarian?


Do Protestants and Catholics read from the same book?

By Santiago Cortes-Sjoberg| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

A Bible is a Bible. Or is it? When I taught religion at a Catholic high school, I always had to tell my students to be sure they had a Bible that was "Catholic." Why did I have to make this clarification?

While all Christian Bibles have the same number of New Testament books, they do differ on the number of books found in the Old Testament.


Back to where you once belonged

By María Ruiz Scaperlanda| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality

As a 39-year-old husband and father, much of Mark's life is taken up with the daily and often demanding tasks of family, including spending time with his 6-year-old son. While Mark's father and grandfather once experienced the Catholic Church as part of this fabric of life, the same is not true for the Denver programmer and systems analyst, who was raised Catholic in a family of six children.


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