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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 […]

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Interpreting the Catechism change on the death penalty from Tradition

Pope Francis’ change of n. 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on death penalty has already sparked controversy among Catholics with regards to its interpretation. Some are praising […]

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Trusting God is an act of the will

I’m a cancer survivor, although mine was more of a “skirmish” than a battle. It was brief and relatively easily treated. But one long term consequence of even a cancer […]

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The radical and faithful witness of Dorothy Day

Saint Dorothy Day? A former Communist who had an abortion does not fit the mold of the normal candidate for canonization; yet her conversion witnesses to the power of God’s […]

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Fridays without Charles

Take my word for it: You don’t want to be around me at breakfast. I am not a chipper morning person, and it’s best to leave me to the coffee […]

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Affirming and celebrating Humanae Vitae

July 25 is the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on the integrity of love and the appropriate means of family planning. Issued during the cultural meltdown […]

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A caveat on the great Tom Wolfe

When the great Tom Wolfe died on May 14 — he of the white suits, the spats, and the prose style as exuberant as his wardrobe — I, like millions […]

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Should the Church talk about money? If we follow Christ’s teaching, yes.

In Luke Chapter 3, three different groups asked John the Baptist what they should do to bear the fruit of repentance. John gives three answers: 1) Everyone should share clothes […]

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Punishing the poor and needy

Every afternoon in downtown Denver, homeless men, women and children are given shelter, food and a place to wash themselves. Not far away, hundreds of people are receiving high quality […]

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A pastor in full

Almost a quarter-century ago, Father Jay Scott Newman, back in Rome to finish a graduate degree after his priestly ordination in Charleston, took me on an extended ramble around the […]