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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
Mother and child in the Hispanic Catholic imagination
May is traditionally a month when Catholics turn our attention toward Mary more intentionally. More ...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Peoples March for Climate a chance to stand up for truth
Humanity faces a crisis today to restore and sustain a healthy natural environment. The crisis is evidenced in increasing global temperatures, alterations in water distribution, increase in severe weather, loss of arable land, extinction of species. More ...
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Holy Week, Easter season prompts thinking toward end-of-life planning
As Christians all over the world begin their Good Friday services, the image of Jesus suffering and dying on the cross reminds us of our own mortality. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Welcoming strangers in a time of fear and anger

The Word of God could not be clearer. We are to love our neighbors, including aliens, as we love ourselves. Knowing this simple truth and carrying it out in our personal lives –  and as a matter of public policy –  is a different matter.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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