February 2011

Vol. 76, No. 2


Let’s get a big bang out of science

By Father Richard G. Malloy, S.J.
Disciples who deny Darwin’s discoveries aren’t doing the faithful any favors, argues Father Richard Malloy, S.J. in Sounding Board. In Feedback readers look across billions of years and trillions of miles for the divine hand.


Unexcusable absence

By Jeff Parrott
Catholic schools need students, and Hispanic Catholics are in sore need of better education for their children. Shouldn’t this be a match made in heaven? The truth is that there are complicated realities of marketing Catholic schools to our nation’s newest crop of immigrants.


Biology, geology, philanthropy


Value added?

By Leslie Scanlon
What makes a law or business school Catholic? Many are arguing that it takes more than a crucifix on a classroom wall.


Don’t focus on the family

An interview with Julie Hanlon Rubio
The kids may be your first priority, says this family ethicist, but they shouldn’t be your only one. A Catholic family’s concerns must extend beyond the front door.


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

Her hands on the shoulder of my coat

A poem by Brian Doyle.

Practicing Catholic: The other Irish saint

By Karen Rushen O’Brien
Who knew that on her feast day in February, St. Brigid is watching to see whether you hang a pillowcase out of your apartment window? Karen Rushen O’Brien prepares the linens to greet this forebear of Irish faith.


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: How did Jesus found the church?


The Examined Life: Change we can believe in
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Papal prescription
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Eating disorders
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Wise up
By Alice Camille