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Opioids, pain management and addiction: balancing ethical duties

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. […]

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Praying with children

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.” This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the […]

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‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all’

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:30-37 Protestants, accustomed to reading the King James, or Authorized Version, of the Bible, often ask why Catholic versions of the Scriptures include the […]

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Sacraments, not social events

A  common pastoral problem today is that many people have reduced the liturgy and the sacraments to ceremonies. To be sure, they have ceremonial aspects, but they are not mere […]

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Good and bad ideas on Church reform

The ongoing discussion of clergy sex abuse has moved to proposals for Church reform. The immediate need is for transparency and accountability. Charges against former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, and […]

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Breaking up with your phone

I’ve been emailing my friend Becky, a newspaper editor in South Dakota, about our growing desire to unplug. We used to compare notes on “Dancing with the Stars,” but lately […]

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Can we pay others to donate a kidney?

Often, we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our […]

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Discipleship means denying ourselves, following the Lord

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 8:27-35 The last and third section of the Book of Isaiah provides the first reading for this weekend in ordinary time. This passage is […]

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Why we stay, and the Vigano Testimony

The Sunday Mass Scriptures during this summer of horrors have often been eerily appropriate, beginning with Jeremiah’s polemic against malfeasant shepherds who mislead the Lord’s flock (July 25) and continuing […]

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Vocation equals accompaniment

By Brother Javier Hansen The approaching synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” next month in Rome is of huge importance to the Church. If you had told me […]

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God, in Christ, is our hope and our life

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 7:31-37 The first reading for this weekend, from the Book of Isaiah, speaks of the blind, the deaf and the lame. Today’s culture is […]

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God strives to keep us from misfortune

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 The Book of Deuteronomy is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Deuteronomy is from the Pentateuch, the collection of five […]