US Catholic Faith in Real Life

What's your sign? Searching for an Easter symbol

By Bryan Cones |
Article Your Faith
Though the cross reigns over Good Friday, Easter's mystery needs a symbol of its own. 

I don't usually think of Jesus' crucifixion when passing the sweets table, but there it was: A big rich dark chocolate cake adorned with white sugary latticework in the shape of-you guessed it-a cross.


Feet first

By Gabe Huck |
Article Your Faith
We kick off the Easter Triduum with a tradition that helps to keep our faith sure-footed.

When the church gathers on the night of Holy Thursday, its business is to leave the 40 days of Lent and enter the Triduum, the three days at the heart of the Catholic community’s life. So whether Lent has been strenuous or a disaster, we leave it behind on this Thursday evening. Ready or not, we begin the Triduum.


Do you hear the cry of the poor? Liberation theology today

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Justice
Though it grew up in Latin America, liberation theology continues to have lessons for the faithful north of the border. 

People who think of "liberation theology" as a 1960s fad should get to know Fordham University Professor Michael Lee, one of a new generation of Catholic theologians.


Birth announcements: An interview with scholar Laurie Brink

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Your Faith
We shouldn’t get hung up on the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, says this Bible scholar. As with any scripture story, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Learning scripture in the land of the Bible changes the way you read it, says Sister Laurie Brink, O.P., who leads study tours to places such as Bethlehem. “The land holds memory,” she says. “It’s made holy by everybody that went there before.”


Jude didn’t let them down

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Your Faith
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 |
Article Your Faith
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 |
Article Your Faith
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. 

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