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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

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
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
What's so funny?
Our youngest daughter is living at home while her husband finishes his medical residency. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Cures for 'chronic news funk'
I have been a news junkie almost all my life. I've read a daily newspaper since grammar school, progressing from comics to sports to the front page. I was the first one in my family to get up in the morning, so I was the first to fetch the newspaper from the driveway. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
An advocate for the Gospel of Life
For me, a highlight of the past month was seeing Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon receive the University of Notre Dame's Evangelium Vitae medal. More ...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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