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Extraordinary evangelization in extraordinary times

I’d heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick’s […]

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Priesthood and the renewal of the Church

Debates about celibacy have recently been in the forefront of conversations regarding the Church, given the ongoing fallout of the abuse crisis and the meeting of the Synod of Bishops […]

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Lessons from ordinations in a nearly empty cathedral

A few months ago, the idea of a virtual graduation or a size-limited public Mass would have been foreign to high schoolers and parishioners alike. Similarly, the archdiocese has never […]

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Games intellectuals play

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s cabinet met for the first time, Vice President Lyndon Johnson waxed enthusiastic about the best and the brightest to his mentor, Speaker Sam Rayburn. […]

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The gift of John Paul II on his 100th birthday

Well, I’m not in Poland. As you may recall, last winter I told you I was leading a pilgrimage to celebrate St. John Paul II’s 100th birthday in Poland. I […]

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On John Paul II’s centenary

As the world and the Church mark the centenary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, a kaleidoscope of memories will shape my prayer and […]

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Unlocking the secrets of the Bible

The Bible doesn’t keep secrets in terms of deliberately hiding details from us. Its meaning, however, comes alive for those with faith, who can understand its supernatural message. We also […]

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Like a weaned child with its mother…

It happened on a 12.5-hour flight from Munich to Denver. I was sitting in the second row and in front of me, in the front row, in full view, was […]

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Ending the ‘Eucharistic fast’ of 2020

It has been more than 50 days since Mass was celebrated publicly in the Archdiocese of Denver. The sacrifices made by both the laity and clergy have been substantial, and for most […]

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Joseph Ratzinger, theological reformer

As he turned 93 on April 16, Joseph Ratzinger remained one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented men of consequence in recent Catholic history. I doubt the Pope Emeritus minds; […]

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The “historic” Amazonian Synod, revisited

Given that he was one of the principal planners and prominent leaders of last October’s special Synod on Amazonia, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, OFM, is understandably enthusiastic about the results of […]

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Motherhood and the sanctuary of the home

We’ve all been spending more time at home than usual, and, even as we’re all anxious to return to normal life, there have been blessings in our confinement. One of […]