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U.S. Catholics: overly assimilated?

With his new book, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius Press), mild-mannered Russell Shaw has become the bull in the china […]

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The adventure and privilege of the priesthood

Almost 37 years ago, I was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ in Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. I promised obedience to my bishop and his successors. I […]

Moms organize against ‘comprehensive’ sex ed

Landmark state legislation altering the Christian fabric of society drove one group of moms to assemble and equip themselves to become Catholic activists. Parents of the Catholic community disheartened by […]

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Tribulation compounded by blasphemy

As the Revised Standard Version renders the 14th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and Barnabas remind the proto-Christians of Antioch that it is only “through many tribulations” […]

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Church’s works proclaim Christ’s love in the world

“Dear brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis told Catholics in Rome last week. “The Church loves you!  Be an active presence in the community, as living cells, as living stones.” The […]

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Remembering Max Kampelman

Some 23 years ago, Ambassador Max Kampelman—former nuclear arms reduction negotiator with the Soviet Union and Counselor to the Department of State—decided that I needed a bit of diplomatic experience […]

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Proclaim the truth about traditional marriage

Imagine being among the apostles on the day the Lord ascended to heaven: Jesus Christ, who had begun as a friend, a teacher, and a healer, and who revealed himself […]

Paired for the good of society

Kevin and Lisa Cotter are like two peas in a pod. The couple from Lakewood share many things in common—they both work for FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), enjoy […]

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States’ redefinition of unions blur reality

Colorado will witness a historic moment today. May 1 will mark the first day same-sex couples may legally enter civil unions in the state, a microcosm of a growing national […]

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The bishop of Rome as Christian radical

It was a brief greeting to former colleagues. But if you read Pope Francis’s April 18 letter to the Argentine bishops’ conference closely, you get a glimpse of the man, […]

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Same-sex partners enter civil unions, say they validate their bond

Same-sex couples with self-defining ideas on sexuality made history in Denver last week when hundreds sought a government seal on their relationship. The battle against legalized civil unions failed this […]

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The renewing, exciting graces of marital self-giving love

Catholic marriage is to be joy-filled. It should be a partnered foray into radical discipleship, in which a man and a woman love one another as Christ loves. And at […]