US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Jude didn’t let them down

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
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For his book, Thank You, St. Jude, Robert Orsi researched devotion to St. Jude, patron of difficult or hopeless causes, which has been fostered by the Claretians since the 1920s through the National Shrine of St. Jude.


Why has the St. Jude devotion flourished while other devotions have died out?


The buck stops where? Sex abuse and the bishops

By Bryan Cones |
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The biggest question in the sex abuse crisis is why some bishops still have their jobs.

It could have come out of any newspaper’s police blotter: Adult male arrested for possessing child pornography. The detail that took it from the blotter to the front page was the fact that the offender, Shawn Ratigan, is a priest, and that the diocesan bishop, Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, had quietly transferred Ratigan from a parish to a women’s monastery last December without notifying the diocesan review board.


If I were pope: A survey on the papacy after John Paul II's death

By Heather Grennan Gary |
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U.S. Catholic readers told us what they thought of Pope John Paul II and the papacy in his last years and right after his death. Take a look at how their opinions hold up now that John Paul II is beatified. 

Road Scholar

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
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St. Paul may be known as the "apostle to the Gentiles," but his high ideals make him an apostle for believers today, too.

When you ask Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor why he studies St. Paul, you get a simple, down-to-earth answer: "He gave me my start, and that got me my job." The start was a doctoral thesis on Paul's approach to preaching, which eventually landed Murphy-O'Connor a position at Jerusalem's prestigious École Biblique, where he has taught New Testament for the past 40 years while lecturing on every corner of the globe as well.


Dig in: What it means to be Catholic

By Bryan Cones |
Article Your Faith
It’s OK if you don’t like beets. There’s a dish for every taste on the Catholic table.

Jesus must have enjoyed eating. If his opponents called him “a glutton and a drunkard,” we can only guess that he loved a good dinner party. The scandal he caused, however, had less to do with what he ate than with whom: “tax collectors and sinners.”


Worth getting up for: Timothy Radcliffe on why go to church

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
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Catholic tradition still has answers for the questions of the contemporary world, says the former Master-General of the Dominican order.

For someone who was almost expelled from school as a teenager for reading Lady Chatterly's Lover during benediction, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe certainly qualifies as a bad boy turned good. When asked what turned him around, he might give a simple answer: truth.


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