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Should we keep the birthday celebrations outside of Mass? Or does a round of "Happy Birthday" to parish staff show deserved appreciation? Read this month's Sounding Board, and give us your feedback.


September 2011

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September 7, 2011
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School's in session    


Temperatures are starting to drop and the leaves will soon begin their transformation from green to yellows, oranges, and reds. Fall may not have officially started, but the embers from the summer's final barbecues have cooled and the kids are now back in school, some Catholic and some public.

Whether it's a feature on how Catholic elementary and secondary schools are trying to fill desks with Hispanic students or a piece on why going to a Catholic professional school matters, we've got coverage on Catholic education that not only cheerleads but does the research on issues affecting Catholic education today, such as school choice vouchers.  

Did you go to Catholic school? Do you send your kids to one? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section of any of these stories. 


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Life:  Is your faith working?

Are you satisfied with your life's vocation or just longing for a vacation? A Reader Survey scans the help wanted signs of the times to find out if most people feel like they're doing the Lord's work or merely getting worked over on the job.   


Culture: Union-made in China  

Eager to avoid labor standards unions have helped create, American companies often look to China. But workers there are finally calling for the same protections their fellow laborers across the globe enjoy, reports Kevin Clarke.

Admission deferred  

There are a lot of differences between the mid-century vocation boom and today's apparent bust, reports J.D. Long-Garcia. For starters, back in the 1950s, no one had $25,000 in student debt. blogs


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The Examined Life: Setting our priorities on school choice  

With September now upon us, the new school year is once again bringing talk of an often-debated political issue: school choice vouchers.


Catholic Tastes: Does it matter what pop stars pray for?  

I admit that I've been known to sing along at the top of my lungs to Katy Perry's recitation of drunken exploits, "Last Friday Night," and to the teeny-bopping love song that is Justin Bieber's "Baby." 


Margin Notes: How did the Catholic Conference of Ohio arrive at "neutral" on collective bargaining referendum?
I can only imagine what my late father, a proud Catholic member of Chicago's Local 17, would say about the news that the Catholic Conference of Ohio (in other words, the Ohio Catholic bishops) have decided to remain neutral on the upcoming referendum about whether to save collective bargaining rights for state workers.


The Examined Life: The growing divide between bishops and theologians
NCR reported earlier this week that the "leading English-language Catholic theological journal," Jesuit-run Theological Studies was forced by the Vatican to publish an unedited essay that was a response to another essay published seven years ago in 2004.


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Church history reveals many changes in the liturgy

Vouchers credited with increasing Indiana's Catholic school enrollment


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Book: The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church         

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