July 2010

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Vol. 75, No. 7 

Cover

Lost in translation: Why the new Mass prayers may need further definition

By Bishop Donald Trautman
Tongue-twisters may be fun games for kids, but they don't belong in the liturgy, argues Bishop Donald Trautman in Sounding Board. The people of God deserve Mass tranlsations that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct. In Feedback readers weigh in on the right response to the revised Roman Missal.

Feature

The fight over fighting poverty

By Robert McClory
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been a social justice standard-bearer for 40 years. So why are some pro-life Catholics trying to shut it down? Robert McClory digs for answers.

 

Feature

You can go home again

By Kristin Peterson
Dioceses have recently taken to the airwaves to lure back the lapsed, reports Kristin Peterson, but parishes have been working for years to bring people back to the pews. 

Sidebar:

Homeward bound: Programs for finding your way back to the church
 

Interview

Pax Romana

Desmond O'Grady interviews Andrea Riccardi
Andrea Riccardi's Community of Sant'Egidio has been paving the way to peace since the 1960s. He tells Desmond O'Grady in Expert Witness how a small start in service to Rome's poor grew into a global gospel movement.

Web-only sidebar:

How Sant'Egidio got its papal blessing

 

Essays

(Essays, poems, and short stories may not be available online)

How to build a better bishop

By Rodger Van Allen
The sex abuse crisis has led to a crisis of confidence in Catholic leadership. Rodger Van Allen suggests a creative reconstruction to restore trust in the hierarchy.
 

More than a feeling

By James Martin, S.J.
Looking for God? You can take that as a sign God is looking for you, too, writes James Martin, S.J.
 

Practicing Catholic: Travel companion

By Catherine Collins
Even if God is your co-pilot, it's good to have a spiritual director along for the ride, says Catherine Collins.
 

An early call to get out

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
As U.S. Catholic looks back on 75 years, executive editor Meinrad Scherer-Emunds points with pride to the magazine's 1967 editorial opposing the war in Vietnam.

 

Departments

Editors' Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: When did we start celebrating Mass in Latin?


Columns

The Examined Life: Take your time
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Bombs away
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Bailing out Mr. Potter
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: By the numbers
By Alice Camille