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Looking Back to the First Vatican Council

We often hear of the Second Vatican Council and its messy aftermath, but it would be hard to imagine this council without its predecessor, the First Vatican Council (1870-71). To […]

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Lay collaboration and episcopal authority

The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip, and speculation at the best of times — and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of […]

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Not the right kind of funeral homily

There is a controversy brewing in the Archdiocese of Detroit over a funeral homily. In case you haven’t read about it, here is a brief summary. An 18-year-old young man […]

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A tough year ahead

2018 was a bad year for Catholics. 2019 is almost certainly going to be worse. Good reason, then, to reflect on two recent texts from the Church’s Office of Readings. […]

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Soho Pilgrimage: A Christmas Meditation

Advent and Christmastide are full of journeys and pilgrimages: Mary goes to Judea to visit Elizabeth. Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem, ostensibly to fill out their tax forms, in […]

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Living the Liturgical Year as a family

Christmas and family go together as we gather to celebrate one of the holiest feasts of the year and to honor each other with presents and meals together. Christmas involves […]

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Helping our kids be charitable in the world

By Kyle Dyer Kyle Dyer, of Kyle Dyer Storytelling, is a former TV news anchor who hosts the monthly Engage events for Catholic Charities. See more at ccdenver.org/kylescorner. I am […]

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Run into God’s arms — he loves you

As I have confessed to you many times before, I do not consider myself a good pray-er. My prayer is often dry. Dry as in, “is anybody listening?” Not that […]

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Embrace the ‘good news of great joy’

“Do not be afraid … I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, […]

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Books for Christmas

Take a stand against the electronification of everything — give (real) books this Christmas. Some recommendations: Paul: A Biography, by N.T. Wright (HarperOne): Dr. Wright’s remarkable ability to explicate the […]

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Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years ago

Twenty years ago this month, I found myself seriously double-booked, so to speak. The editing of the first volume of my John Paul II biography, Witness to Hope, was entering […]

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Helping our kids become Catholic Readers for Christmas

I’ve been writing the Catholic Reader column for about a year and a half now and it’s been quite enjoyable sharing a great variety of books that I hope you […]