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When Heaven prays back

By the time you read this, All Saints Day will have come and gone. But, just to extend the feast a few more days, I want to share the story […]

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The Ethics of New Age Medicine

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, […]

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Saintly inspiration for new beginnings

It’s not that often that bishops are able to announce the kind of good news I am about to share with you. As I write this column, the archdiocese is […]

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Murderers’ Row, Soviet-style

One hundred years ago, on November 7, 1917, Lenin and his Bolshevik Party expropriated the chaotic Russian people’s revolution that had begun eight months earlier, setting in motion modernity’s first […]

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Which Reformation? What Reform?

Despite the formulation you’ll hear before and after the October 31 quincentenary of Luther’s 95 theses, there was no single “Reformation” to which the Catholic “Counter-Reformation” was the similarly univocal […]

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Decoding social media and teen suicide

Just a few weeks ago I learned with great sadness that a middle school and high school student in Littleton took their lives within two days of each other, and […]

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Debunking Reformation myths

In my last review, I looked at a number of new books on Martin Luther and genuine reformers in the Catholic tradition. In light of the 500th anniversary of the […]

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500 years later, who was Luther?

Hero, villain, heretic, saint, reformer, corrupter, man of integrity, bombastic glutton. Which image of Luther should we believe? Because Luther primarily sought not to reform abuses in the Church but […]

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Whose bourgeois morality?

In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics […]

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

John Paul II called the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 to assess what had gone right and what had gone wrong in two decades of implementing the Second Vatican Council. In […]

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In the wake of Vegas shooting, prayers still matter

So I hear that Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t want our prayers. Well, not exactly. But he did, in a very emotional monologue, decry politicians who offered their “insufficient” prayers, saying they […]

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Fencing with bigots

…being an imaginary dialogue between a nominee to a Federal appeals court and members of the Committee on the Judiciary of what once imagined itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body”… […]