July 2011

Vol. 76, No. 7


The parish that works

By Kristen Hannum
Faith communities need balance sheets and bar graphs like any nonprofit, consultants say. What happens when parishes apply the best practices of business.


Business schooled: Experts weigh in on church management

Resources for parishes that want to work


The times, they were a’changing

An interview with church historian Mark Massa, S.J.
Love them or hate them, the 1960s changed the church for good. The biggest change was the idea that the church can actually change.

Sounding Board

Take no chances

By Beth Haile
Put down that bingo card. Games of chance are a bad way to balance the parish budget. In Feedback readers wonder how much harm a raffle ticket does.


Come follow me

By Roxane B. Salonen
Here’s a status update on how Catholics are following and friending each other in the brave new world of social media.


One Tweet too many? Take a social media fast

Father Blogger: How one priest is using social media

Sharing the Faith with online video


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

First draft of the First Letter to the Corinthians

By Brian Doyle
What does duct tape have to do with love? Brian Doyle sticks them together in ways St. Paul never could have imagined.


By Jo McGowan
India and the United States may be on opposite ends of the belief spectrum, but both cultures must make a case for God that includes everyone.

Reconcilable differences

By Ed Block
Confession is making a comeback as diverse as the church it reconciles, this on-the-ground report finds.

Sight unseen

By Father Patrick Hannon, C.S.C.
To see the way to God’s kingdom, try looking with a child’s eyes.


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: What is the Catechism of the Catholic Church?


The Examined Life: Women and children last
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Little house in the big city
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Home economics
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: I’m gonna keep on loving you
By Alice Camille