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December 2011

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December 13, 2011

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We at U.S. Catholic know how to start the New Year right. We did a little spring, summer, and fall cleaning in 2011 and redesigned the inside pages of our print magazine for 2012. But don't worry, we're still bringing you the same quality articles you've come to expect from us. 


For example, in our annual women's issue we spoke with theologian Phyllis Zagano about the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. Zagano has done years of research and says there's no good reason that a woman can't serve the church as a deacon. We've even added some outtakes from the interview as web-only reads


So why not take a break from Christmas card writing, cookie baking, and shopping and send a letter to the editor to tell us why you think (or don't think) women should be on the altar as deacons.


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two turtle doves Church: What are the 12 days of Christmas?     

The stores may be buzzing with holiday shoppers and festive jingles about Santa, sleigh bells, and snowmen, but it's not Christmas, yet! Bryan Cones writes that when the Christian holiday does arrive, we'll have 12 days to celebrate it.  

The gift of Guadalupe

The indigenous people of 16th-century Mexico faced devastation, loss, and near annihilation. Theologian Jeanette Rodriguez talks with the editors about how Our Lady came to call--with mercy, healing, and, of course, flowers.


Culture: Of human bondage  

Slavery may have been outlawed in the late 19th century here in the United States, writes Kevin Clarke, but workers around the globe still toil for little-to-no pay in conditions no human should ever endure. blogs


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The Examined Life: Look out God, here comes the God Particle

So, I was at a holiday party last night--it really was a holiday party, hosted by an atheist who is also Jewish!--anyway, the French father of the host tells me that this week is the last one we will need God, because scientists are set to discover the Higgs boson this week (or announce its discovery anyway), the particle that gives things mass according to the current Standard Model of particle physics.


Margin Notes: Can Obama still turn the tide with Catholics?    

The Obama administration and the Catholic Church haven't exactly seen eye to eye on certain issues, but this week's decision to overturn an FDA decision allowing minors to purchase Plan B contraceptives brought something new for the White House: nearly universal praise among Catholics.   


The Examined Life: Nuns on the pill! And other ways to get people to notice your research     

Well, if you want people to set aside the latest Hollywood divorce coverage for your research on cancer risks for women who have never had children, you should say this at your press conference: Nuns are paying "a terrible price for their chastity."     


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