May 2015

Vol. 80, No. 5


When the rich get richer

by Anthony Walton

America’s economic scale is tipping increasingly in favor of an elite few. If we don’t restore balance, the widening wealth gap may soon become irreversible.

Web-only feature:

Inequality by the numbers


Early warning

by Katie Bahr

Ongoing efforts to make pre-K free could cost Catholic schools one of their strongest sources of revenue. How will faith-based preschools respond to the competition?

Web-only feature:

Choosing the right preschool for your child

Expert Witness

Christians and Muslims: A common cause

An interview with Father Nabil Haddad

In the turbulent Middle East, Jordan is a safe haven in the eye of the storm. This Melkite Catholic priest says the secret to stability lies in forming bonds between Muslims and their Christian neighbors.

Web-only feature:

How American Catholics can help persecuted Middle East Christians

by Michael La Civita, K.C.H.S.

Web-only feature:

Ten reasons to visit Jordan

Sounding Board

Choose the real friends and family plan

by Annemarie Scobey

Parents should put preteen cell phone use on hold. In Feedback, readers make their own calls on giving kids mobile devices.

Web-only feature:

Does parents’ cell phone use hurt  their kids?


Reading Socrates on the streets

by F. Clark Power and Stephen M. Fallon

A college course on the classics takes on new meaning when the students are residents at a local homeless shelter.


Not your grandmother’s Mass

by Brian Doyle

The secret to filling empty pews may be finding new and creative ways to bring the Mass to those who are missing.

Wise Guides: Diamond in the rough

by Barbara Hosbach

Margaret of Castello’s own suffering led her to become a source of comfort and hope for generations of people on society’s margins.


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: What is a cardinal?


The Examined Life: Where there is hatred…
By Father Bryan Massingale

Margin Notes: Give unions their due
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Missing the mark
By Danny Duncan Collum

Testaments: That’s what friends are for
By Alice Camille

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