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Sacred language for sacred acts

It was just about a year ago that U.S. parishes began using the new translations of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal—an implementation process that seems to have gone […]

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The quiet hope of Advent

This Sunday the Church will begin the celebration of Advent, the season in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. All of us know that Christmas […]

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200 years behind what?

Eighteenth-century British Jacobites wistfully toasted “the king over the water,” referring to exiled King James II, his successors, and the Jacobite hope for a Stuart restoration to the throne of […]

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Feasting, fasting and offering thanks

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln expressed that: “The country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No […]

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The crisis of a second Obama administration

President Obama’s re-election and the prospect of a second Obama administration, freed from the constraints imposed by the necessity of running for re-election, have created a crisis for the Catholic […]

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The mission of every Christian: to proclaim Christ

Over the past few months, people have given me a lot of advice. “You’re doing a good job,” they’ll say “but here’s what the Church should really do…” Some of […]

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The ‘word of the Lord’ in English, please

Biblical translation is an inexact science: a truth of which I was reminded on a recent visit to the American Bible Society’s Museum of Biblical Art in New York, where […]

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Interview with an exorcist

Through Christ’s salvific life and death on the cross, Satan  lost the battle between good and evil. Yet sin still exists and Satan hasn’t stopped seeking the ruin of souls. […]

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November holy days, death and Church unity

November is the month in which the Church remembers the departed—those who have gone before us into the mystery of death, earnestly hoping for resurrection in Christ Jesus. On Nov. […]