December 2015

Some articles are available only in the print issue. 

Vol. 80, No. 12


An F in science

by Ruth Graham
Are Catholics failing when it comes to science? Popular opinion says science and religion can’t mix, but let’s not throw in the towel just yet.


All couples have a story

by Brian Baker
Learning how to communicate with your partner ensures that the tale continues, despite inevitable marital conflicts.

Expert Witness

Piranhas in the Chicago River

An interview with Reuben Keller
Invasive species aren’t just a problem for scientists, says this environmental studies professor.

Sounding Board

Worship local

by Father Michael P. Enright
Catholics need to stop parish shopping and focus on finding the Holy Spirit in their own communities.


Sacred collisions

by Father Patrick Hannon, C.S.C.
Christ’s return is foretold in the smallest moments of unexpected beauty.



by Brian Baker

In Person: Befriending creation

by Mallory McDuff
Jessie Dye’s work with Earth Ministry shows us that loving our neighbor means loving the planet as well.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: For-profit parenting
By Beth Haile

Margin Notes: Dark Chocolate
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: There comes a great light
By Meghan Murphy-Gill

At Home with our Faith: Moral support
By Annemarie Scobey

Glad You Asked: Why are some Bible stories repeated?
By Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet

Testaments: A garden of great encounter
By Alice Camille