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Maintenance vs. mission

Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, took […]

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Saving Synod-2018 from itself

Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working document,” for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be […]

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Why remain Catholic (with so much scandal)?

The text below has been transcribed from a video released by Word on Fire Aug. 30. I wanted to speak to you again about this terrible crisis we’re passing through […]

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Such as we are, such are the times

Like most Catholics, I have found myself equal parts appalled and frustrated over the recent abuse allegations (and ensuing cover-ups) that continue to come to light. Cardinals, bishops, and priests […]

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The Church needs the Spirit of Truth

During these tumultuous days for the Church, I have been praying that the Spirit of Truth descends upon every disciple in the Church, including the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, […]

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Full-immersion Catholicism

As this Catholic annus horibilis continues to unfold, perhaps some good news is in order; first, a little background. In late 1991, Italy’s Rocco Buttiglione and America’s Michael Novak had […]

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Why we stay, and the Vigano Testimony

The Sunday Mass scriptures during this summer of horrors have often been eerily appropriate, beginning with Jeremiah’s polemic against malfeasant shepherds who mislead the Lord’s flock (July 25) and continuing […]

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Forming disciples in the parish and home

Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called Catholics to enter a new evangelization during World Youth Day in Denver. This evangelization (the sharing of the good news) re-engages […]

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Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

The medieval Jewish sage Maimonides counted 613 commandments, or mitzvot, in the Law that God gave his people, Israel. The 20th-century Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim, who escaped the Nazis’ genocidal […]

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The current crisis

The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war caused the premature suspension of the First Vatican Council on October 20, 1870 and left the Church’s theological self-understanding somewhat imbalanced. In its first […]

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Will this generation respond?

Pope John Paul II said he came to Denver to proclaim the Gospel in the “modern metropolis,” but some organizers thought only 60,000 pilgrims would show up. The 750,000 people […]

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WYD 1993: The Turning Point

On this 25th anniversary of World Youth Day in Denver, I can’t help sharing one of my favorite personal memories of John Paul II. It was December 15, 2004, and […]