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CAMPAIGN 2012—What voting means

American political campaigns have never been for the squeamish. With the sole exceptions of George Washington’s two uncontested elections, every presidential campaign has seen its share of vulgarity, skullduggery, and […]

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Let your faith be your guide in the voting booth

Last week at the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan reminded Catholics of our obligation to the “uns” of this world. As Christians, he said, […]

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CAMPAIGN 2012—What kind of country do you want?

In his speech to the Democratic National Convention, nominating President Obama for a second term, former president Bill Clinton said that the choice before America was a stark one: What […]

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China’s one-child policy and us

Last week the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature was announced in Stockholm, Sweden.  The winner is Guan Moye, a Chinese author who uses the pen name “Mo Yan.” Yan’s winning […]

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CAMPAIGN 2012—Economy and empowerment

In his 1958 book, Reflections on America, the great French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain (who took refuge in the United States during World War II) claimed that Americans, for all […]

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Proclaim the hope of Christ in the desert of contemporary life

More than we realize, landscapes shape the contours of our souls. The plains of eastern Colorado condition us to understand the sheer magnitude of our world, and our own smallness […]

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Vatican’s II’s golden anniversary

The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, the most important Catholic event since the 16th-century Council of Trent, was solemnly opened by Pope John XXIII 50 years ago, on Oct. […]

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Year of Faith a call to see and live in accord with the truth

A lot of people thought Frank Sheed was insane. Sheed was a well-educated lawyer, a well-trained theologian, and the owner of a successful publishing company.  And yet Frank Sheed loved […]

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CAMPAIGN 2012—America and the World

The foreign policy debate in the United States has often been peculiar, in that it’s not infrequently about the United States rather than the world. Throughout history, other great powers […]

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Great change can start with small acts of love

When Marie Francis Martin was 10 years old, her father offered her painting lessons. Marie loved art and dreamed of painting beautiful masterpieces. But before she could accept the lessons, […]