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Empathy: a Father’s Day gift

While visiting with friends and family who work with the homeless population and elderly veterans, the conversation turned to how many of these men are estranged from their families. Some […]

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Can I donate my body to science?

Some people may wish to donate their body to science after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided their body would contribute to […]

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The Catholic Doctor: When the heart beats too fast

Some time ago, I was trying to convince one of my patients to exercise. His response makes me smile every time I think about it. “Doc, I am a firm […]

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Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders

On May 4, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom that was soon criticized from different directions. The order expresses an intent “to vigorously enforce federal law’s […]

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NEW COLUMN: In Light of Faith

Attending Mass led to my conversion  Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman once wrote that “to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Cardinal Newman, a notable convert […]

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‘Let your yes mean yes’: honesty with God, others

Rachel Gardner has a bad habit: She says yes when she ought to say no. A friend will ask to do lunch on Wednesday. “I say, ‘of course,’” Rachel recounts, […]

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The four dimensions of formation

The church, in her 2,000-year existence, has acquired a copious amount of wisdom. Part of that wisdom is found in the approach to seminary formation that the last century has […]

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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 […]