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The last acceptable prejudice
Anti-Catholicism has been called “the last acceptable prejudice.” Tragically, it was on display at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to be a federal appellate judge.  More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tearing down prejudice
Watching TV images of crowds pulling down a statue of a Civil War soldier in North Carolina, I found myself thinking of a 16th-century pope named Paul IV. More ...
Monday, September 11, 2017
What is required of a Eucharistic people?

One of the most beautiful teachings the Catholic Church has to offer to an as-ever polarized and divided world is the idea that we are all connected to each other.

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Friday, September 8, 2017
Our Christian calling to care for the poor
The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation recently sponsored a poll to find out what Americans think are the reasons for poverty. The results split along religious lines in a surprising way. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Have we reached the point of manufacturing our children?

“In the year 6565,/ Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife,/ You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too/ From the bottom of a long glass tube.”

When “In the Year 2525” became a hit song in 1969, author Richard Lee Evans couldn’t have known his prediction about the 66th century would be late by four and a half millennia. Yet here we are.

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Taking the dog for a walk
We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children. More ...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Speaking about race with Hispanic children (Part 1)
My 6-year-old son came home after school and unexpectedly asked my wife and me: "What am I?" The question caught us off guard. "What do you mean," we replied. He said, "Am I Mexican? Are people who speak Spanish Mexican?" More ...
Friday, August 18, 2017
A population implosion?
Remember when everybody worried about a "population explosion" filling the world with too many people? In the 1970s, this fear drove campaigns to legalize abortion and pour billions of dollars into birth control programs. More ...
Friday, August 4, 2017
Health care needs fixing, not the scrap yard

The debate over health care reform can remind one of starting a car that’s already running. We’ve all heard that distinctive grinding sound. It doesn’t hurt the engine – yet, if you keep doing it, you can ruin the starter – but you look inattentive, and perhaps hard of hearing.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
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



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