September 15, 2014

Vol.211 / No.6
Columns
​Helen AlvaréSeptember 02, 2014

There's still no consensus about whether child care is a worthy expenditure of women’s time.

Michael Brown's mother is comforted during his funeral in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Robert Cohen, pool via EPA)
Editorials
The EditorsSeptember 02, 2014

Conversations about racism must continue long after #ferguson fades from Twitter feeds.

Books
Holly J. GriecoSeptember 02, 2014

'Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?' by Robert Bartlett

Palestinians celebrate a cease-fire in Gaza City Aug. 26. Catholic aid officials say they hope the Egyptian-brokered Israeli-Hamas cease-fire proposal will hold. (CNS photo/Mohammed Saber, EPA)
Signs Of the Times

Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. “This is a window of opportunity,” said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s regional direct

THE GUILTY REMNANT. A mysterious cult protests a parade honoring the departed in the first episode of “The Leftovers.”
Television
Jim McDermottSeptember 02, 2014

When HBO first announced that it had greenlit a television series about the Rapture, one would have been forgiven for assuming we were in for yet another twist on Hollywood’s seemingly endless obsession with the post-apocalyptic. Given the popularity of recent “scripturally inspired&rdqu

The Word
John W. MartensSeptember 02, 2014

What are the ways of God There are twin dangers for us when we consider this question On the one hand some people consider God rsquo s ways so inscrutable that they no longer trust we can know how God acts or what God demands of us This draws some people to the point of disbelief If God rsquo s

SOJOURNERS. Unaccompanied minors in Ixtepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, June 18, 2014.
Daniel G. GroodySeptember 02, 2014

There is a story, often quoted in church circles, about a man who lived near a river. One morning he went to get some water and saw a body floating downstream. He dove in, rescued the body, pulled it to shore and gave it a proper burial. Two days later, he went for water again and saw three more bod