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Making Catholic education affordable

“Education,” St. John Bosco often said, “is the great art of forming human beings.” And this is what happens every day across the archdiocese as children attend our schools are […]

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A memoir I never expected to write

When the second volume of my John Paul II biography, The End and the Beginning, was published in 2010, I thought I was finished with John Paul book-making. I hoped […]

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Speaker Ryan invites a social doctrine conversation

CNN is not the customary locale-of-choice for a catechesis on Catholic social doctrine. But that’s what Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, offered viewers of a CNN […]

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Where have all the adults gone?

Our standards have been lowered when it comes to intelligent discourse from our politicians. Therefore, Nebraska’s Senator Ben Sasse’s new book comes as a surprise: The Vanishing American Adult: Our […]

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Hearts ready to respond

During the entire liturgical year, there are only two saints whose birth the Church celebrates: John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why these two saints and not others? […]

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Superheroes? Stardust? Or vessels of the Incarnation?

When I was first introduced to the fascinations of the DNA double-helix in a biology class at Baltimore’s St. Paul Latin High School, fifty years ago, the “unraveling” of this […]

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Domesticating the divinity

Some biblical scholars consider the Book of Deuteronomy to be a collection of sermons: catechetical homilies on the great theme of the Exodus and the fulfillment of that epic adventure […]

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Bearing fruit by living Your charism

In 2015, Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples became the Catholic book to read. Its simple but powerful message focused ecclesial leaders on a fundamental but overlooked point: Jesus called us […]

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7 ways to rise above the Hunger Games that is social media

The scenes at the Cornucopia in The Hunger Games, both in the books and films, are some of most intensely violent parts of the story, hard to read or watch. […]

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It’s a culture war, stupid

Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” […]

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Healing hatred and anger after Charlottesville

The confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the nationwide reaction to it are clear signs of the tensions simmering just below the surface of our society. But we know as people […]

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Motown and the turbocharged Church

Detroit hasn’t gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it’s struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But […]