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Transforming quarantine into retreat

This bruising Lent, in which “fasting” has assumed unprecedented new forms, seems likely to be followed by an Eastertide of further spiritual disruption. What is God’s purpose in all this? […]

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Surviving this Lenten quarantine

Well, I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that Lent has been a lot Lent-ier than usual this year. As of Ash Wednesday, there had not yet […]

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In this global pandemic, be charitable and stay home

There can no longer be any doubt about it — with COVID-19, we are living through a historic pandemic, one that requires swift action and societal cooperation. To think otherwise […]

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The Gospel of Life: Medicine for our times

It has been 25 years since St. John Paul II released his landmark encyclical Evangelium Vitae – The Gospel of Life – which made a significant contribution to the Church’s […]

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“Wittenberg” in synodal slow motion

As Yale’s Carlos Eire masterfully demonstrated in Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650, there was no one “Protestant Reformation” but rather several religious movements, often in disagreement with each other, […]

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Churchmanship

“Churchmanship” is not a term in vogue today, and given the alleged inclusivity-deficit of such words it’s unlikely to make a comeback. Which is a shame. Because “churchmanship” connotes an […]

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Deacon Lanciotti: Data shows no Masses could have positive effect in spread of COVID-19

Deacon Rob Lanciotti is a permanent deacon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Fort Collins and holds a doctoral degree in Microbiology. He was employed as a virologist for the […]

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St. Joseph is the great exemplar of Lenten virtues

Father Roger J. Landry is the national chaplain for Catholic Voices USA and a priest of the Diocese of Fall River. Like most Christians throughout the first 1,400 years of […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) should cause reflection, not panic

Lent is a time during which Catholics return to the basic practices of the faith – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – to promote deeper conversion in our hearts. This Lent, […]

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Doubling down on a bad deal

Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterization […]

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The clerisy of the concrete-and-glass box freaks out

Several years back, the estimable Father Paul Scalia observed, of some cultural idiocy or other, “Who knew the end of civilization would be so amusing?” I detected a subtle theological […]

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Aventine meditations

Rome’s Aventine Hill has seen a lot. Legend has it that a dispute over the hill led to the fratricidal conflict between the city’s founders, Romulus and Remus. During the […]