October 2012

Vol. 77, No. 10


Vatican 2.0: A look ahead to the next 50 years

By various authors
The Second Vatican Council encouraged the church to read the “signs of the times” and face the challenges of the future. A new generation reflects on today’s urgent tasks in this first installment of a three-part series.


Responding to clericalism and sex abuse

Looking at love and relationships

Examining terrorism and responses to it

Considering Christian-Muslim encounters

Special section: More coverage of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the council

Reader Survey

Good council

By Megan Sweas
U.S. Catholic readers size up the results of Pope John XXIII’s decision to “throw open the windows of the church.”

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More reader responses


A Jewish take on Jesus

An interview with Amy-Jill Levine
The catechism lessons a Jewish girl learned at her local Catholic parish kindled her passion for the Jesus of the gospels.


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

Like a good neighbor

By  Paul Lakeland
The Good Samaritan shows the way toward a humbler–and holier–church.

Vesper time

By Frank Cunningham
In the evening of life the mystery of faith gives sustenance beyond reason.

Dog’s best friend

By Angelo Stagnaro
St. Rocco doggedly learned about unconditional love.

Practicing Catholic: Quiet, please

By Sue Fox McGovern
Centering prayer stills the “monkey mind” while growing faith.


Carrying a coffin

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, film, and book reviews

Glad You Asked: Is the Mass still celebrated as a sacrifice?

At Home with Our Faith  (Family spirituality)

Eye of the Beholder (Art meditation)


The Examined Life: The devil in the details
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Sleeping through genocide
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Do you hear what I hear?
By Patrick McCormick

Testaments: Mystery preacher
By Alice Camille