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Roe v. Wade Derangement Syndrome

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it […]

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The paradoxes of inclusion

In a recent homily, Bishop Robert E. Barron rightly identified two paramount values in our secular culture: being “inclusive” and being “nonjudgmental.” The two seem closely related. If you want […]

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How the Church can welcome young families

By Robert Christian Many people have assumed that once millennials started to grow older and have kids, a large number would return to the Church or become more actively engaged. […]

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The Lord sustains His faithful and blesses their labor

Fifth Sunday of Easter John 15:1-8 The Acts of the Apostles, again this Easter season, is the source of the first reading for Sunday. It highlights Paul. In an earlier […]

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A little boy meets a pastor

A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy’s deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently. It moved many viewers to tears. It also moved some […]

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In the beginning

Stephen Hawking died last month. He was a brilliant and influential physicist responsible for, among other things, the conclusion that black holes emit energy that we now call “Hawking radiation.” […]

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Telling our stories and knowing for sure

When Oprah Winfrey was first asked the question, the talk-show queen was left tongue-tied. She was doing a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel to promote […]

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The Good Shepherd will always protect His sheep

Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:11-18 The Acts of the Apostles again is the source of an Easter season’s weekend’s first reading. Peter, once more the spokesman for the Apostles, […]

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Planned Parenthood’s abortion fixation

Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called “Make Trouble.” During her decade-long leadership, trouble […]

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What I learned at the presynod gathering

By Katie Prejean-McGrady It has been nearly a month since the beginning of the presynod gathering on “Young people, the faith and vocational discernment,” in Rome, and other than the […]

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Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questions

Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed “Octomom,” a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her […]

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In Christ’s resurrection, God brings His promise to fulfillment

Third Sunday of Easter Luke 24:35-48 Again this week, the Acts of the Apostles furnishes the first biblical reading. Almost every Sunday in the Easter season features a reading from […]