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Praying For Peace at the Pentagon
Every Monday morning for the past 30 years, members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community in Washington, D.C. have been making their way across the Potomac River to pray and nonviolently witness for peace in front of the most symbolic war planning, war-making headquarters on earth: the Pentagon.  More ...
Friday, August 10, 2018

One word: dignity
Christian or Muslim. Pro-life or pro-choice. Liberal or conservative. One of us or one of them. More ...
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
What are judges for?
With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. More ...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Encore: A conversation about 'Humanae Vitae' may finally be possible
NEW YORK -- Can one imagine a more difficult year for "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") to be heard than 1968? More ...
Monday, July 2, 2018
One, holy, catholic
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.  More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Taking a public health crisis seriously
The recent tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have dramatized what The New York Times calls the "public health crisis" of suicide. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
How to get past the polarization
In our belligerent times, there is a kind of in-your-face response to those of us wringing our hands about how divided our country is. More ...
Monday, June 4, 2018
Rep. Smith: Protect Life Rule reasserts needed regulations for Title X funding
(On May 18), the Trump Administration announced its intention to reassert and promulgate portions of President Ronald Reagan’s modest but necessary life-affirming Title X Rule – a policy designed to ensure that taxpayers don’t fund, facilitate or promote abortion in America’s $286 million-per-year family planning program. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
'Do this in memory of me'
Our Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day,” an opportunity to decorate many graves of the over 600,000 men who died in the Civil War. More ...
Monday, May 28, 2018
How we can follow in St. Isidore the farmer's footsteps
We had a garden in our backyard at home and I assisted with that. Planting the flowers (from seed) was my specialty. I still remember watching the alyssum, zinnias, snapdragons and other flowers come to life.  More ...
Monday, May 28, 2018
Hype and reality on family planning
President Trump has announced he will restore a Reagan-era regulation forbidding clinics in the federal Title X family planning program to perform or refer for abortions. More ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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