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A still small voice

This week, I took the train from Washington to New York. It was spooky. Union Station in Washington, usually bustling at 6:30 in the morning, was deserted. A man in […]

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If COVID-19 restrictions seem like a sacrifice, they have nothing on the rations of WWII

Tired of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 virus, facemasks, social distancing, reduced hours at stores and closed offices? Will it ever end? Americans have seen similar conditions and much […]

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Hold fast to the truth

The day after Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016, I wrote a short column about the chief challenge that those who had voted for him would face over […]

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The Sunday Gospel

We anxiously await the Lord’s return in glory

First Sunday Of Advent Mark 13:33-37 This weekend, the Church begins Advent. It begins the use of biblical readings from Year B of its three-year cycle. It also is the […]

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Healing the malady of division starts with friendship

The headline grabbed my attention: “You are no longer my mother”! The Reuters article, written a day prior to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, shared the story of a mother […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Advent hope during the pandemic

Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation and of hope. This year, we are all waiting, expecting and hoping for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wait for […]

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What the McCarrick report means for the Church

Two years ago, Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through Church ranks, and he promised to make the report public. Some […]

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I met a new friend at adoration: St. Thérèse

Guest Commentary by Scott Warden During a fundraising event that seems like it took place 18 years ago instead of 18 months — when it was safe to congregate by […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord will defeat our death and judge us rightly

Feast of Christ the King Matthew 25:31-46 On this weekend, the Church concludes its liturgical year of 2020. Next week, a new year will begin with the First Sunday of […]

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Speaking the truth during a Biden presidency

Barring the confluence of several successful legal challenges, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20. For American Catholics, and especially those of […]

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On the lost art of ‘pairing ’em up’ and its effects on marriage

One of the more common concerns that young adults express to me is the difficulty in meeting and dating. Once adulthood is reached, of course, the purpose of dating is […]

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Pope Francis, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ and the universal destination of goods

In the wake of the publication of Pope Francis’ most recent encyclical letter, “Fratelli Tutti,” there was a great deal of negative commentary regarding the pope’s attitude toward capitalism and […]