January 2019

Vol. 84, No. 1

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artificial-intelligenceThe scientific method

By Wyatt Massey
As science changes us, are our ethics at stake?

Conversation pieces

Five people reflect on discussions that left an impact on their lives.


Without warning

by Kathy Hendricks
What to do when tragedy strikes a parish.

Be the church you wish to see

by Jennifer Szweda Jordan
During troubling times, find hope in other Catholics.

Sounding Board

Attendance policy

by Claire Zulkey
A mother contemplates whether she should make her kids go to church.

Expert Witness

On a mission

an interview with Brian Medernach
A call to Catholic mission work brought this doctor and his family to rural Peru.

Practicing Catholic

A good burden

by Molly Jo Rose
Being a godparent is tough work, but the payoff is worth it.


The Examined Life: A new revolution

By Father Bryan Massingale
We must attend to the deeper recesses of the human spirit.

Margin Notes: Promised land

By Kevin Clarke
Why are so many willing to risk it all to walk to the United States?

Culture in Context: Toil and trouble

By Jessica Mesman
Are women turning to witchcraft in the era of #MeToo?

At Home with our Faith: Good question

By Meghan Murphy-Gill
Talking to kids about injustice requires a healthy dose of self-awareness.

Testaments: In all honesty

By Alice Camille
What commonly passes for truth these days is a bald presentation of facts without context.

Glad You Asked: Why was Jesus baptized?

By David A. Pitt


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)