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Numbers down and ‘nones’ up, where to now?

As if the bishops needed anything more to worry about these days, Gallup released a poll just before Easter documenting a sharp decline in religious membership among Americans over the […]

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A more human society

Confusions about blessings

“The Catholic Church has dealt a blow to LGBTQ worshippers hoping for a more liberal, progressive church.” So says NBC News about a recent statement by the Vatican’s Congregation for […]

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‘I have not yet ascended’

What does Jesus mean when he tells Mary Magdalene not to cling to Him because he has not yet ascended? As the Easter Octave unfolds, we have in the Gospel […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Through Jesus, divine mercy is with us

Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 As almost always in the Easter season, the Acts of the Apostles furnishes the Liturgy of the Word with its first reading. Acts claims […]

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The hand-me-down: a love letter that endures 

There are echoes of Romeo and Juliet, but the ending is happier.  This story of forbidden love took place long ago on a Mediterranean island – 1870s Sicily, to be […]

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One year later, measuring our gains and losses

One year ago, I left my office for what I thought was a few weeks. Soon, I was wearing gloves to the grocery store and sanitizing the groceries when I […]

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The filibuster bolsters stability

The United States Senate is a unique institution. Other legislative bodies lack its peculiar rules, which require a supermajority vote to get most things done. In the Senate, a voting […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Savior, risen from the dead, is with us today

Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord John 20:1-9 This weekend the Church celebrates the greatest of its feasts, the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, or Easter. It is […]

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St. Joseph, migrant spouse and father

Pope Francis has invited Catholics to focus our attention this year on St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church. I commend him for this invitation. I have always been fascinated […]

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A good job — with Jesus

Right above my desk, hanging on the wall with a crumpled piece of Scotch tape, is a card someone gave me last March. “You are doing a freaking great job,” […]

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How the School Choice initiative positively affects families, students

Choice expansion language in a number of state bills, most notably HB 1005, has been widely talked about in the media lately. These bills seek to expand educational options for […]

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The Sunday Gospel

For our sake, Jesus conquered the sin of the world

Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mark 14:1-15:47 This weekend, in a liturgy powerful in its ability to transport us to the momentous events of the first Holy Week, […]