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Historical clarity, today’s contentions

One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists, especially integralists, and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing the […]

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The beauty of inner silence in a tango

At a past gathering at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish here in Washington, D.C., there was a demonstration of different dance styles. One of our young adults, Lola, is a student […]

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Are there still unalienable rights?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty […]

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The Lord God judges justly and affirms what is right

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 18:9-14 The Book of Sirach provides this weekend’s first Scriptural reading. The book is part of that group of biblical writings classified by scholars […]

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What kind of ‘believers’?

This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally […]

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Prayers for the sick

There is an old New Yorker cartoon that shows an angel bringing God a stack of petitions about wars, natural disasters and other calamities. God waves him off with a […]

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What I learned talking with skeptics on Reddit

Earlier this month I finished my second dive into the Reddit AMA world. One of the most popular websites in the world, Reddit is a forum for all sorts of online […]

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The Sunday Gospel

‘Pray always, without becoming weary’

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 18:1-8 The Book of Exodus is the source of this weekend’s first reading. One of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, its […]

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God or the vending machine?

Here at the seminary, there are two vending machines right when I walk into the building. If it’s been a long day of pastoral assignments or classes, there is nothing […]

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Wonderfully made: finding courage to create

I was a sophomore in college when I received the little blue book, a gift from a friend who also wanted to be a writer. At the time I was […]

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How not to have a heart attack

The No. 1 killer in America remains coronary heart disease. If your family history includes coronary events such as heart attacks, bypass surgery or coronary stent placement, your risk is […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God always stands ready to heal us and welcome us back

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 17:11-19 The Second Book of Kings furnishes this weekend with its first scriptural reading at Mass. Once the two books of Kings were a […]