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Has the Church been infiltrated?

Both Jews and Greeks were scandalized by the Incarnation. Could the Son of God truly become man, taking on our weak flesh, and suffering to the point of death? That […]

The secret to a long and happy marriage? Faith.

It started with a blind date in the final months of World War II. Bruce Hammerle’s boot camp buddy, Wally, had a sister visiting Chicago, and Wally asked if Bruce […]

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Our God-given dignity should shape our laws

Recent news stories present us with immigrants and refugees whose God-given dignity is being disregarded or subject to a system of laws that fails to adequately take that dignity into […]

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Herman Wouk, storyteller

Ten years ago, a friend and colleague suggested that I write “The Great Vatican Novel.” I quickly declined, not just because the truth about life behind the Leonine Wall is […]

‘Icons of Christ the Servant’: Fourteen men answer the call to serve as permanent deacons

On June 22, Bishop Jorge H. Rodriguez ordained 14 men to the permanent diaconate. “To serve is the highest honor in the Church,” Bishop Rodriguez told the men during his […]

Longmont parish hopes to ‘bring people back into the Catholic faith’ with new church building

In his 15 years as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Father Frank Maroney has been struck by the potential of the growing Longmont community. “There is close […]

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Icons on ammo boxes

Throughout the 20th century — the greatest period of martyrdom in history — persecuted Christians used the dross of this world to make religious artifacts. Rosaries were constructed from bits […]

Official Appointments: July 1, 2019 (Permanent Diaconate)

Here’s a list of all the new permanent diaconate appointments for the Archdiocese of Denver, including the newly ordained deacons. Newly Ordained Appointments Deacon Daniel Cook, appointed deacon at St. […]

USCCB bishops pen op-ed urging U.S. government and Congress to find solution for border crisis

It was a striking image, a father and his almost two-year-old daughter lying dead on a river bank — an image that captured the potent reality of the perils immigrants […]

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The Summer Reading List

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure: John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln’s secretary and biographer, a […]

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Radical living and my friend Shelly

I saw my friend Shelly the other day, for the first time in 28 years. Back in the day, she was Shelly Pennefather, basketball phenomenon. She led Denver’s Bishop Machebeuf […]

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Repenting and renewing our role as shepherds

Jesus tells the disciples in St. John’s Gospel, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep,” contrasting his goodness with the thieves who […]