September 2013

Vol. 78, No. 9


I hate to admit it

By Meghan Murphy-Gill
When it comes to their faith, many young adults are adopting a policy of don’t ask, don’t tell. The church’s voice in the public square is causing young Catholics to keep their beliefs a private matter.

Web-only sidebar:

Young Catholics’ excitement about Pope Francis


Go big green

By Katie Bahr
Environmentally conscious college students are changing the climate on Catholic campuses by pushing for more eco-friendly practices. And now their schools are following the course to help preserve the planet.

Web-only feature:

Video of how Catholic colleges are going “green”

Sounding Board

Your parish needs a hip replacement

By Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan and Amanda Gallear
While parishes need seasoned veterans on their staffs, maybe it’s time to give some untested rookies a shot at church leadership, too. In Feedback, readers consider ways to inject young blood into parish life.


Drone wars

An interview with law professor David Cole
America’s drone program has been a case of shoot first, answer questions later—or don’t answer them at all. Until we have a clearly defined set of rules, says this legal scholar, we’re not ready to aim and fire.

Web-only sidebar:

Drones, torture, and the value of public opinion


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


By Brian Doyle

In Person: Board book empire

By Sheila Black Haennicke
Barbara Joosse lives in a world of parading dogs, lovable dragons, and juggling cats. But behind the author’s silly stories are timeless truths rooted in her own faith.


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 the prophecy of the final pope?


The Examined Life: Work ethics
By Bryan Cones

Margin Notes: Work-related injury
By Kevin Clarke

Culture in Context: Plato goes to the movies
By Sister Rose Pacatte

Testaments: Clear and present anger
By Alice Camille