March 2012

Vol. 77, No. 3


Pride and Prejudice

By Kristen Hannum
Gays and lesbians have made big strides toward acceptance in society at large, but many struggle to be at home in a church still unsure about their place at the table.


The mamas and the papas: Parents of LGBTQ children

A history of the relationship between gay and lesbian Catholics and their church

Photo story

No room at the inn?

Text by Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
Photos by Wes Frazer
Thanks to Alabama’s controversial immigration law, the state’s Latino Catholics now fear suspicion for simply practicing their faith.


Houses divided

By Alejandro Escalona
As immigrants face a new and treacherous patchwork of state laws, children and families are being separated by a shifting set of rules.


The new immigration laws

Sounding Board

Go ahead, be a burden

By Patrick Lynch
Asking for help is never easy, but letting your kids lend a hand when age slows you down can be a blessing in disguise. In Feedback readers debate how best to aid an aging parent.


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

Forgive and forget

By William A. Barry, S.J.
Does God remember the sins of our past? We sure do, but there’s a good way and a bad way to go about it.

In Person: Land lady

By Barry Hudock
Something kept calling Catholic Worker Jeannie Kirkhope back to the hills of Appalachia for her own take on community living.

Poem: The Seven Deadly Sins

By Brian Doyle


Editors’ Note

You May Be Right (Letters to the Editor)

Signs of the Times (News)

Catholic Tastes (Humor)

Culture in Context: Music, book, and film reviews

Glad You Asked: Why are some deacons married?

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: Don’t get comfortable
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Smoke and mirrors
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Draft horse
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Heavenly bodies
By Alice Camille