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An education for kindness

Like many, I enjoyed watching the video clips of Prince George starting school. I am taken, though, with the choice of school by his parents, one that departs from prior […]

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The hollow man

What savagery lies in the breast of man? Two recent television epics ask us to contemplate this question. The first is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s magnificent documentary, “The Vietnam […]

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Transmigration of theological nonsense

During the Long Lent of 2002, Sister Betsy Conway, who lived in the Bostonian epicenter of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, spoke for many self-identified progressive Catholics when she told […]

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Pastoral formation: jumping into reality

There were many opportunities for me to grow while I was working construction and out in the field during my high school and early college summers. A common situation for […]

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Sex in accord with reason

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people, who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and […]

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Is this bloodshed really necessary?

A book review by David McClamrock From my first year in law school, I remember the excellent advice of Irving Younger: Briefly make the points you need to make, and […]

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Hurricane Harvey and the kayaking priest

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest had been visiting his brother and had to pull over on an […]

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Lead with beauty: evangelization and the solar eclipse

The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers noticed, and plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man […]

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Don’t wait for the young adult group to get involved in your parish

By Zac Davis Young adults are tough to minister to. We’re on the move, our peers aren’t going to church with us, and we’re most likely to sneak out of […]

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Sometimes you have to bend the rules

Recently a gentleman presented to one of my cardiology colleagues in the office for evaluation of symptoms that can best be described as vague and nonspecific. He happened to be […]

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A Mass confusion

In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: Q: What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with […]

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What we do and how we do it

“Can I talk to you?” she asked, this daughter of mine, on an evening after a particularly stressful and exhausting day for me. It was late. I had just plopped […]