October 2013

Vol. 78, No. 10


Paranormal activity

By Tim Townsend
Are things that go bump in the night a silly superstition, or a supernatural visit from beyond the grave? Catholics who have ghostly visions are still searching for answers, and the church itself isn’t ruling anything out.

Web-only sidebars:

Who are Catholics gonna call when they see a ghost?

Ghosts of Christians past: The church’s long history of spooks and hauntings


When one door closes…

By J.D. Long-Garcia
Of the many parishes that have reached the end of their run, only a select few have come back for an encore. But as some parishioners have discovered, the reopening act doesn’t always go smoothly.

Web-only sidebar: 

What’s the difference between closing a parish and closing a church?

Sounding Board

Annie get your background check

By Sister Marge Clark, B.V.M. and Rachael Travis
Americans have been blown away by the overwhelming number of gun deaths, and it’s time to fire back against the culture of violence. In Feedback, readers debate the bullet points of gun control proposals.

Photo Story

Hope included

Photos by Ken Carl, Text by Jo McGowan
When one woman realized no school in India could meet the special needs of her child, she decided to start her own. She didn’t realize at the time that she was also starting a revolution.


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

Grave doubts

By Valerie Schultz
We’ll never know for sure what awaits us after this life comes to an end. But our faith is often strongest when we don’t have all the answers.

Practicing Catholic: Don’t look now

By Molly Jo Rose
Keeping unnecessary distractions out of sight is the best way to keep them out of mind—and to stay focused on the things that really matter.


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: What is 666 in the Bible?


The Examined Life: Don’t fear the climb
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: It’s getting hot in here
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Unexplained mysteries
By Meghan Murphy-Gill

Testaments: On-the-job training
By Alice Camille