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Who speaks for Charlie Gard?
A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate.  More ...
Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Mass confusion
In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The company of good people
St. Bonaventure says, in his little treatise "Bringing Forth Christ," "Seek the company of good people.  More ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
We are not alone
"Are you with the Catholic group meeting at the university?" More ...
Saturday, July 1, 2017
What is a Catholic voter to do?
Getting into a political discussion in Washington these days is about as hard as finding a Fighting Irish fan at a Notre Dame football game.  More ...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Calling God our Father
Our last 11 grandchildren in a row have been girls, so I've gotten careful about asserting claims of male prerogative.  More ...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Focus on the Father

The arrival of Father's Day in contemporary society raises what can be a challenging issue for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. When a third of millennials don't affiliate with any kind of religion -- in effect forswearing any kind of family belief -- while a quarter of the generation had parents who were divorced or separated, one has to wonder whether God the Father has become an inadvertent stumbling block in people's spiritual development.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
A myth of neutrality
Once upon a time, we were told to allow dissent from time-honored legal and moral norms in the name of "freedom of choice."   More ...
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Opioid addiction a national crisis
It seems that for every generation in the last century, a public health crisis surfaced involving drug abuse. More ...
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Reading the signs of the times
The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict. More ...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Good examples of virtue
It's that time of year again -- time to fight over commencement speakers. More ...
Wednesday, May 17, 2017



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