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Another coalition for religious freedom?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, a broad, bipartisan coalition quickly formed to restore to federal law a robust understanding of religious […]

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True food, true drink

If you haven’t read Graham Greene’s “The Power and the Glory,” you should.  Like all of Greene’s work, the novel is compelling—and deeply Catholic. In fact, “The Power and the […]

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Five great motets

The Church’s liturgy has inspired great choral music for centuries. Unfortunately, that part of Catholicism’s cultural memory has been somewhat misplaced in recent years. One reason why is the widespread […]

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On the Assumption, Eucharist and hope

Today, throughout Italy people are celebrating. They’re lighting fireworks, holding feasts and gathering for parades. At the climax of their parades, a statue of the Blessed Mother, crowned with flowers, […]

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Individual and cultural deafness

“Ephphatha!” proclaimed the Lord—“Be opened!” We heard this proclamation in the Gospel this Sunday (Mk 7:34) as Jesus healed a man who was deaf and mute.  All who witnessed this […]

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The reasons for ‘partisanship’

Complaints that Washington-is-broken, which seem to have new intensity in recent years, often go hand-in-hand with laments about “partisanship” in politics. And, to be sure, there are reasons to be […]

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Eucharistic vitality

Dan is a dear friend of mine.  He is a young man from here in Denver whose family I have known for years.  Dan has trisomy 21—Down syndrome—a genetic condition […]