June 2011

Vol. 76, No. 6


They’re baaaack!

By Daniel Burke
Priests who drive out demons are becoming as common in Hoboken as they have been in Hollywood, thanks to new interest in this medieval ministry.


Roads less traveled 

An interview with travel expert Rick Steves
Travel writer Rick Steves has long appeared on your PBS station with tips for great trips, but since 9/11 he’s been exploring the spiritual side of travel. He invites us along for the ride.

Web-only sidebar:

Rick Steves’ five most spiritual places in Europe.

Reader Survey

Should Catholics go away?

By Meghan Murphy-Gill
U.S. Catholic readers say summer travel is good for body and soul, but they say you can’t broaden your horizon if you spend your vacation just staring at it.


A few brave men

By Jackie Spinner
Though war and terror are driving Iraq’s Christians into exile, some of their sons are staying as seminarians. Jackie Spinner asks how these priests-to-be find the courage to follow the call.


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

A tale of two baptisms

By Edmund Stubbing
Though both involved a baby and some water, there is a right way and a wrong way to welcome a new addition to the church’s holy family.

Serve it family style

By Tom McGrath
Banish the BlackBerry and nix the Nintendo—it’s time to eat and make the family dinner the most important meal of the day.

Practicing Catholic: Take a closer look

By Sister Sheryl Chen, O.C.S.O.
How should you read the Bible? The monastic way: slow and steady.


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: Is there a list of fallible teachings?


The Examined Life: Bad call
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Star power
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Morally wounded
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Taste and see
By Alice Camille