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Doping athletes

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports, but also raises broader ethical issues and […]

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Good examples of virtue

It’s that time of year again — time to fight over commencement speakers. It happens every May. Some Catholic college will feature a speaker who has taken public positions at […]

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St. Joseph: our father? Part 1

Fatherlessness has become an epidemic in our society: 43 percent of our kids grow up without fathers (U.S. Census), approaching a catastrophe rivaling the 1918 flu pandemic when an estimated […]

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‘Shrinking the Monster’ helps others, author heal from child abuse

In the 1950s, Norbert Krapf was sexually abused — along with scores of other boys — by a priest of the Evansville diocese, who was loved and respected by the […]

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Tired of religious discrimination?

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year’s most important case. At issue […]

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Single, but not alone

As Mother’s Day approaches, fresh in my memory are recent encounters with two single mothers. First is my hairstylist, who works two jobs; in the morning as an elementary school […]

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‘Why the Rosary, Why Now?’

Book review — Catholics love their rosaries. We buy them at shrines, give them as gifts, even occasionally hang them from our rearview mirrors. But how often do we reach […]

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Sacred Heart of Jesus: a ‘country parish’ with a servant heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish serves the southern South Bend and Lakeville communities. It’s known to be a welcoming parish, or as one couple who are members of the parish […]

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The power of gentleness

About 15 years ago, when all my children were still at home, I contracted a severe upper respiratory infection. One of the side effects was that I completely lost my […]

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The Catholic Doctor: Nurses are the real heroes

May 6-12th is designated National Nurses week. May 6, National Nurses Day, begins the week honoring the dedicated nurses across this country for their exemplary work. The week ends on […]

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The ethics of New Age medicine

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, […]

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Distractions in prayer

The question is not whether we will fight distraction when we pray. We all will. The question is how we handle those distractions. There may be some souls who are […]