December 2, 2013

Vol.209 / No.17

December 2, 2013

Sidney CallahanNovember 20, 2013

In 1963, Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique, launched second-wave feminism in an astounding way. Millions of copies were sold, and many women since have claimed, “It changed my life.” Opponents were equally aroused, and different interpretations of feminism have remained o

ROUNDTABLE: Stephen Nzioki, S.J., speaks with women being counseled and medically treated for H.I.V. through a Catholic program in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jon FullerNovember 20, 2013

Dec. 1—World AIDS Day—marks 32 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported. This year also marks 30 years since three papers published in the journal Science (5/20/83) identified the causative agent of the epidemic: human immunodeficiency virus, now commonly known as H.I.V. For two

KEEPING UP? Jayla, left, prepares for her weekly Schools on Wheels tutoring session at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, Calif.
Joseph J. DunnNovember 20, 2013

As a society we acknowledge that a college degree opens doors to higher paying jobs. So it is not surprising that a case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning a Michigan law that prohibits using racial criteria in admissions for public universities is receiving wide attention. Americans may disag

Michael Zhang, a seminarian, talks with a young man in New York.
Christopher CollinsNovember 20, 2013

Before his election to the papacy, Joseph Ratzinger recalled an anecdote from the deliberations that preceded the Second Vatican Council. When they were first gathering, the bishops clearly saw their mission as continuing the work of the First Vatican Council. The primary task would be, as John XXII

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.November 20, 2013

On World AIDS Day, Matt Malone, S.J., reflects on the United States' sluggish response to the epidemic, "a mortal social sin, one for which our country has yet to fully atone."

Letters
Our readersNovember 20, 2013

All Called to ServeThanks to America for including women in the discussions about the role of women in the church. Our church has to play catch-up on years and decades of neglect. Young Catholic women walk away from the official Catholic Church and use their talents and gifts to serve their families

Editorials
The EditorsNovember 20, 2013

We tend to provide only self-defeating half-measures to care for people with mental illness.