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Roots of Catholic anger

After a month out of the country, working in Rome at Synod-2018 and helping mark the 40th anniversary of John Paul II’s election at events in Brussels and Warsaw, I […]

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Sober but serene themes of judgment in the spirituals

I’ve often been impressed by the ability of old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable and almost joyful way. This is true even of weighty matters […]

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Autumn hope — the rosary

There is a nip in the air, not just in the morning anymore, but lingering throughout the day. Sometimes it is even down-right cold. The leaves on the deciduous trees […]

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Physicians unite to prepare for battle

I was blessed in September to be able to attend the 87th annual educational conference of the National Catholic Medical Association in Dallas, Texas. The conference title this year was […]

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‘I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made’

During a lecture at an Asian university on how businesses and the students’ future careers in this sector can bring about constructive social and environmental change, a question shot out […]

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Getting real about our challenges

Tracking the Catholic zeitgeist these days can be a dizzying experience. It helps to have a sense of history, and perhaps a sense of irony as well. Once upon a […]

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Sexual orientation: hope for restoration and healing with SOCE

Sexual orientation change efforts rely on professional therapy and counseling, often in a religious context, to assist those struggling with unwanted homosexual inclinations who would like to diminish their same-sex […]

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Seeing the best at the worst of times

Roxanne Loper was almost home. Her journey had begun 15 months ago, when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special. […]

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Hope for the future of the Church

Guest commentary by Tom and Barb Niezer Almost every day, the question is asked: How can the Catholic Church remove the sexual scandal from its ranks? Can the Church retain […]

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Courage in the Slough of Despond 

I never took a class from historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook — “History is an antidote for despair” — […]

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‘It’s Fun to Be Catholic’

“You taught me that being Catholic can be fun.” Veteran catechist and retired TV sportscaster Gary Montgomery nearly fell to the floor when he read that line in a note […]

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What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask

The Collect (opening prayer) for last week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we […]