January 2012

Vol. 77, No. 1


Getting through?

By Jeff Parrott
Catholic colleges are learning the right way to answer when a victim of sexual assault calls for help.

Sounding Board

Bring remarried Catholics back to the table

By Father Paul M. Zulehner
The standard approach to remarried Catholics is long on law but short on mercy, argues this Austrian theologian, who suggests a more pastoral approach used in his country. In Feedback readers explore ways to reunite the church and the remarried.


Capitol gains

By Scott Alessi
While overturning Roe v. Wade remains the brass ring for the pro-life movement, many activists are finding success by seeking limits on abortion one law and one state at a time.


A woman at the altar?

An interview with theologian Phyllis Zagano
With the deacon being one of the traditional “arms” of the bishop, the needs of the church call for some “right-hand women” to proclaim the good news, and there’s nothing in Catholic tradition that should stand in the way.

Web only:

More on women deacons


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

Staying power

From USCatholic.org
Four Catholic women reflect on how church politics and personal struggles have pushed and pulled their faith.

Practicing Catholic: Boxing day

By Mary Ann Otto
Some spiritual practices require silence and meditation; others require a pile of empty boxes and a willingness to let go.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, film, and book reviews

Glad You Asked: Why does the church require miracles for sainthood?

At Home with Our Faith

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: A good fit?
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Of human bondage
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Clothes minded
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Bless us, O Lord
By Alice Camille