August 2010

Vol. 75, No. 8


SPECIAL ISSUE: Celebrating 75 years of U.S. Catholic

The great awakening

By J. Peter Nixon
“Pay, pray, and obey” has never really been the motto of the Catholic laity, reports J. Peter Nixon, but few could have foreseen just how passé that old saw would become when U.S. Catholic began 75 years ago.

Web-only: Catholic laity on the web

Issues that matter

By Father Raymond A. Schroth, S.J.
In more than 46,000 pages over seven decades, U.S. Catholic has captured the spirit and struggle of American Catholicism, writes Father Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. But while art, color, and layout may have changed, the mission has stayed the same.

Web-only: Our kinda town: Chicago Catholicism

It makes a difference whether you’re Catholic

By Angela C. Batie
Angela C. Batie updates a 1979 Sounding Board with a host of good reasons why being Catholic (still) matters. Readers fill out her list in Feedback, invoking both a rich past and a postive hope for the future.

Image and likeness

Great photos make great magazines, and U.S. Catholic has featured the picture-perfect work of photojournalists such as Ed Lettau, Paul Conklin, Martin Leuders, and Carlos Javier Ortiz who have often covered a not-so-perfect world.

Web-only: U.S. Catholic online


We are the world

An interview Cardinal Peter Turkson
The Vatican takes the global view when it comes to peace and justice, says the pope’s primary peacemaker, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.


(Essays, short stories, and poems may not be available online.)

Keep the faith

By Bishop Francis A. Quinn
Despite a rough-and-tumble world and the missteps of its managers, the church is still a place to call home, writes Bishop Francis A. Quinn, bishop emeritus of Sacramento, California.

Wise Guides: Fake it till you make it

By Dan Cawthon
St. Genesius found his faith in the footlights, writes fellow actor Dan Cawthon. Christians should all be seeking an Oscar-worth performance of our own life in Christ.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: Where do we get the Marian dogmas?


The Examined Life: Pastoral discretion advised
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Let’s do shots!
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: What would Jesus report?
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Sing an old song
By Alice Camille