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The hollow man

What savagery lies in the breast of man? Two recent television epics ask us to contemplate this question. The first is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s magnificent documentary, “The Vietnam […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The Gospel of Life is the Gospel of Mercy

Bishop Rhoades delivered the following homily during Mass at the Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession on October 8th at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne: October is Respect […]

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The Human Condition

Some takeaways from Tolkien

I have to confess, with some embarrassment, that one of my human deficiencies is that while I read quite a lot, I am not much of a fiction reader. So, […]

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The Sunday Gospel

What will we, the Lord’s vineyard, choose to yield?

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 21:33-43 The first section of the Book of Isaiah is the source of this weekend’s first reading. In this reading, the prophet speaks directly […]

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Transmigration of theological nonsense

During the Long Lent of 2002, Sister Betsy Conway, who lived in the Bostonian epicenter of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, spoke for many self-identified progressive Catholics when she told […]

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A more human society

Discerning the spirits

Given a tough question, St. Thomas Aquinas sometimes declined to give a simple yes or no answer. Instead he began with: “distinguo.” The question can be taken different ways; we […]

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Pastoral formation: jumping into reality

There were many opportunities for me to grow while I was working construction and out in the field during my high school and early college summers. A common situation for […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The rule of law and freedom of conscience

The following is the text of Bishop Rhoades’ homily at the Red Masses on October 2 and 3: The Red Mass is a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit in […]

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Sex in accord with reason

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people, who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord stands ready to forgive us, if we repent

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 21:28-32 The Book of Ezekiel provides this weekend’s first reading. Pivotal in Jewish history was the time spent by Hebrew captives, and by their […]

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Is this bloodshed really necessary?

A book review by David McClamrock From my first year in law school, I remember the excellent advice of Irving Younger: Briefly make the points you need to make, and […]

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Hurricane Harvey and the kayaking priest

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest had been visiting his brother and had to pull over on an […]