July 2015

Some articles are available only in the print issue.

Vol. 80, No. 7


Reaching the rootless

by Nicholas Liao
Catholics on the move may struggle to connect with communities they don’t plan to live in for life. If people aren’t ready to settle down, can the church still make them feel at home?

Web-only feature:

Parish programs aimed at transient Catholics


The addict next door

by Kristen Hannum
When drug dependency spirals out of control, the road to recovery is long and painful. Beating addiction requires treating both the body and the spirit.

Web-only feature:

A look at the growing epidemic of drug addiction

Expert Witness

Upon this rock

An interview with president of Catholic Extension Father Jack Wall
The most vibrant church communities can often be found in places where the faithful are few in number.

Sounding Board

Stop the Catholic firing squad

by Scott Alessi
Catholic organizations should terminate the practice of firing employees who don’t meet their moral ideal. In Feedback, readers debate who should get the pink slip.


A light in the darkness

by Brian Doyle
What happens when one becomes so engulfed in darkness that they are driven to extinguish their own flame?


Catholic Action speaks louder

by Father Bruce Nieli, C.S.P.
The movement that inspired Catholics to call for social change is due for a revival.

Practicing Catholic: Bedside manner

by Sue Stanton
We are called not just to care for the sick but to accompany them during their suffering.


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)


At Home with Our Faith (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)

Glad You Asked: Should Catholics consult their horoscopes?


The Examined Life: Dear brothers and sisters
By Meghan J. Clark

Margin Notes: Rage against the machines
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Unbreakable spirit
By Meghan Murphy-Gill

Testaments: It’s not easy being Saul
By Alice Camille