July 2013

Vol. 78, No. 7


Let’s face it: We need a new way to talk about race

By Anthony Walton
Our conversation about race in America is still stuck in black and white. In order to move forward, we all need to learn a new vocabulary.


Voting block

By Kristen Hannum
Election Day is turning into rejection day for voters who are being prevented from casting their ballots. And it is no coincidence that minorities make up the majority of those being turned away at the polls.

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A closer look at the Voting Rights Act


The idiot’s guide to economic ruin

An interview with economist Charles Clark
What’s wrong with the rich getting richer? Nothing, says this Catholic economist—as long as you don’t mind a total economic collapse.

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Catholic economics 101: Charles Clark on capitalism, government spending, and alleviating poverty

Reader Survey

Reach out and tweet someone

By Elizabeth Lefebvre
Trading face time for Facebook isn’t all bad, say U.S. Catholic readers, especially when it helps you stay connected with faraway friends and family. In Feedback, readers share what they like about social media.


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

A sin at the dinner table

By Beth Malone
Biting your tongue may often be the polite thing to do, but some inappropriate comments are just too hard to swallow.

Short story: The subtle theater

By Brian Doyle
All the world’s a stage, and sometimes it is the audience who is putting on the real performance.

Practicing Catholic: Here’s looking at me

By Brian Fraga
A prayerful reflection on our sinfulness begins with a good long look in the mirror.


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: Can we use real bread at Mass?


The Examined Life: An Oscar for the poor
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Our seamy garments
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Appetite for destruction
By Danny Duncan Collum

Testaments: Working on commission
By Alice Camille