Sept. 1-8, 2014

Vol.211 / No.5

Sept. 1-8, 2014

THE RITE STUFF. Ennio Mastroianni, center, helps lead a group of catechumens with Patrick Rogers, S.J., and Minerva San Juan in a chapel at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Feb. 20.
Nick WagnerAugust 19, 2014

In his new book, Becoming Catholic, the sociologist David Yamane tells the story of Deacon Zeke, the coordinator of adult religious education for a parish in the Midwest. Professor Yamane sat in on several of Deacon Zeke’s classes for people participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of

Adam M. GreenAugust 19, 2014

One would expect a class on happiness to be fairly popular among high school students. In one way or other, every Catholic high school offers just this type of class—only we call it theology. St. Thomas Aquinas held that happiness is one of the foundational characteristics of the mind’s

Frank DeSianoAugust 19, 2014

I was stunned. I had asked a prominent leader in evangelization, a priest, if he thought his parents were evangelized. He shook his head “No” and explained that he did not think his parents were disciples in the sense in which the church calls Catholics to be disciples today. I wondered:

Of Many Things
Kerry WeberAugust 19, 2014

With expanded coverage, 'America' aims to draw a fuller image of what church means.

Letters
Our readersAugust 19, 2014

Not ExemptTaking the advice of Matt Malone, S.J., I read “side-by-side” the two essays on Israel/Palestine, “For Israel,” by John Conley, S.J., and “Gaza Again,” by Margot Patterson (8/4). Father Conley disappointed.My disappointment, bordering on intellectual sho

Chris Martin, center, marches with Local 5285 in a Labor Day parade ahead of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. (CNS photo/Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)
Editorials
The EditorsAugust 19, 2014

Despite well-reported setbacks, past year saw signs of hope for the American worker.

Faith in Focus
Jeffrey EssmannAugust 19, 2014

There has been an ontological honesty to my stumbles, and they’ve usually landed me in places confidence never would have brought me.