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God calls the unworthy

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 5:1-11 The Book of Isaiah is the source of the first reading this weekend. Written before the Babylonian conquest, this prophecy was composed when, […]

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The struggle for hearts and minds will continue

In advance of the Supreme Court’s much-awaited decision on the Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks, the abortion wars have heated up again. When pro-lifers rallied […]

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Should Catholic health care survive?

In January, five Catholic medical and professional associations came together to establish the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. Its board members represent the Catholic Medical Association, National Catholic Bioethics Center, […]

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The lie projected onto the National Shrine

It was an appalling sight. As the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life was taking place on the inside of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception […]

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The prophets lead all peoples to salvation in Christ

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 4:21-30 The Book of Jeremiah provides the first reading for this weekend. This book is regarded as one of the major Hebrew prophetic works […]

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Frost fair: creating something new in the dead of winter

The latest book by Sam Usher stopped me in my tracks. I’ve devoured the children’s books brilliantly illustrated by this Chicago dad, and the title of his new release immediately […]

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COVID-19 and scientism

At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I was puzzled about how our reactions to it divided along party lines. There is no obvious reason why Democrats should fear sickness […]

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The ethics of pig to human organ transplants

Early this year, a Maryland man suffering from severe heart failure underwent a new experimental procedure, receiving a pig heart transplant. His medical team had determined he would be a […]

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Our response to God’s love and salvation

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 1:1-14, 4:14-21 The Book of Nehemiah furnishes the first reading for this weekend. Although some Old Testament books tell the history of the people […]

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Bridging divides shoulder to shoulder

The anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot that humiliated Congress and horrified a good portion of our nation has gone more or less as one might have predicted during these […]

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A missed opportunity to amplify the beauty and generosity of adoption

During his first general audience of 2022, Pope Francis gave a rather lovely catechesis on St. Joseph and adoption — the sixth such address in a series about the foster-father […]

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‘The Ten Commandments’ and our pathetic attention span

I like to watch old movies. Over the past several months, I’ve watched (or re-visited) a number of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, some screwball comedies from the thirties and forties, and a couple of […]