Life: Only you? Shattering the myth of a soul mate
Prince Charming and Cinderella are fictional characters, argues Christine B. Whelan in this Sounding Board from 2008. It takes a hefty dose of reality to make a lifelong commitment work.
Church: Built of living stones
Father Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. traces five valuable--if overlooked--historical gifts of "blackness."
Culture: Do you hear the cry of the poor?
A new generation of Catholics is connecting faith and life by studying the theology of last century's Latin America. Fordham University professor Michael Lee explains how getting personal with the poor can lead to a new way of thinking about God.
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Margin Notes: Brother, can you spare $150?
Hey, a dime doesn't go as far as it used to. But when it comes to understanding the realities of global poverty, it can be hard to get a handle on just how poor the poorest countries around the world are.
My Generation: Why aren't Gen X and Y in church? Ask them.
I attended a conference called SECTS and the City here in Chicago last weekend on liturgy and young adults; it focused primarily on liturgy in mainline Protestant congregations, but included a Catholic laywomen who works for the Jesuit young adult outreach Charis Ministries.
The Examined Life: On the contraception mandate: Can the bishops speak credibly about a woman's health issue?
One thing that's been bothering me about the contraception mandate controversy is simply that most of those objecting to this attack on Catholic "religious freedom" or "conscience protection"--however the issue is styled--are men, and most of them celibate.
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