US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Only you? Shattering the myth of a soul mate

By Christine B. Whelan |

Recently my friend Angela called me in tears. Angela, 31, and her husband have been married for three years, and they are very well-suited: They can spend hours talking and laughing, are attracted to each other, get along with each other's friends and families, and agree on faith, politics, and financial matters. But recently, she told me, the "glow" had worn off. They were busy with their careers, and in moments of exhaustion each said some hurtful things to the other.

Is secularism standing in the way of raising our kids Catholic?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
The editors interview theologian and religious education scholar Thomas Groome.

An increasingly secular culture is often blamed for the young generation’s lack of enthusiasm for religion. But is secular society truly a roadblock when it comes to raising our kids in the Catholic faith? Thomas Groome, author of Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples (HarperOne, 2011), discusses the role of secularization in passing on the faith in this web-only excerpt from his interview with U.S. Catholic.

Inter-religious ed: Muslims at Catholic colleges and universities

By Katie Bahr |
A growing number of Muslim students are putting their faith in Catholic universities.

As a senior at Loyola University in Chicago, Mariam Choudhry is well aware of her school’s Catholic identity. She sees it in the crucifixes hanging on every classroom wall, in the faces of the Jesuit priests walking through campus, and, of course, she’s seen it when visiting the university’s Madonna della Strada Chapel.

Investing in futures: New ways of paying for Catholic education

By Kristen Hannum |

Donors bent on saving struggling Catholic schools have deep pockets and even deeper commitment.

The closing of Our Lady of Sorrows School in Portland, Oregon was the last straw for business owner David Brands.

Show me the way: How can parents pass on the faith?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Whether you’re a parent or a volunteer catechist, this theologian says the art of persuasion is key to handing on the faith. Want proof? Just watch Jesus in the gospels.

Thomas Groome learned this truth somewhat late in life: Even if you have been a major scholar in the field of religious education for decades, even if you speak internationally on the subject of handing on the faith, and lo, even if you are the primary author of three major catechetical series used by millions of children and young people, your own child will always be your toughest audience.

How can we keep young people in the church?

By John Wilkins |
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. John Wilkens asks, What can the church do for young people?

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Do you have faith in your vote?

By Heather Grennan Gary |
Catholics are valued voters for the candidates because they take their faith and their role in democracy seriously. In a 2008 U.S. Catholic survey, though, readers reveal that faith can lead voters in very different directions.

Looking at love and relationships

By Julie Hanlon Rubio |
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Theologian Julie Hanlon Rubio looks at love and committment.

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In the face of widespread sexual promiscuity and strong negativity toward official Catholic teaching, the church needs to connect with the deepest hopes of its members by calling them to sexual relationships that are “authentic, vulnerable, and committed.”

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Save the date: Kerry Cronin on the love lives of college students

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
The love lives of college students leave a lot to be desired, says this educator, who suggests old-school dating as a remedy.

While eating ice cream with a group of “beautiful, smart, extroverted, social people,“ Boston College seniors nearing graduation, Kerry Cronin asked them about their romantic lives. “Will there be crazy break-ups at the end of senior year? Are you going to try to stay together with people you’re dating?”