Celebrating 75 years of U.S. Catholic

U.S. Catholic magazine is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. There’s been many changes from its first days as The Voice of St. Jude to its current incarnation in print and online, but a few things remain the same.

With the support of its publishers, the Claretians, U.S. Catholic always has and always will be the place for conversation about the issues that matter most to American Catholics.

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Our August 2010 issue includes a special collection of articles on the church and our magazine over the past 75 years:

Issues that matter
In more than 46,000 pages over seven decades, U.S. Catholic has captured the spirit and the struggle of American Catholicism, writes Father Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. Sidebar: Our kind of town: Chicago Catholicism and U.S. Catholic

The great awakening
“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.
Sidebar: The Catholic Web: Laity online

It makes a difference whether you’re Catholic
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 positive hope for the future.
Compare today’s results to 1979’s results

Image and likeness – Magazine only
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! The Internet age: U.S. Catholic online

In a year-long series, Executive Editor Meinrad Scherer-Emunds looks at some of the major stories and topics the magazine has covered over the years.

In the beginning: The origins of U.S. Catholic
How U.S. Catholic got its start 75 years ago

Ratzinger on the record
Thirty-seven years ago a future pope told U.S. Catholic what was on his mind.

Read the original story about then Father Ratzinger: Lost in the shouting: the meaning of Vatican II
By Desmund O’Grady

Who are you calling a saint?
In 1966 U.S. Catholic visited Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker in New York.
Read the original articles and learn more about Dorothy Day in our special section.

The end of a violent year
At the end of 1968 a poet and an artist looked back on a tragic year.

Somos el cuerpo de Cristo
U.S. Catholic has helped Latinos claim their rightful place in the church.
Read the original articles and learn more about Hispanic Catholics in our special section.

An early call to get out
In 1967 U.S. Catholic called for a swift end to the Vietnam War.

Word of God, Word of Life
Scripture scholar Father Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. invited U.S. Catholic readers to crack open the Good Book.

By the way, the 75th anniversary is diamonds, if you’re thinking of sending a gift! Or you can just subscribe to help us continue this valuable ministry for another 75 years.