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The well-fought fight

The incorporation of Anglican hymnody into English-language Catholic worship is one of the great blessings of the past 50 years. And within that noble musical patrimony, Ralph Vaughan Williams surely […]

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Of St. Nick and Christmas trees

On Dec. 6, the Church celebrated the patron saint of children, St. Nicholas (270 – 343 A.D.), bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (present day Turkey). This saint became associated […]

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A shortcut out of purgatory

I know, I write about death a lot. I would write about it even more if I didn’t force myself to look elsewhere for topics periodically. But there is a […]

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Waiting and watching for Christ’s arrival

“As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” These words from the liturgy perfectly summarize the spiritual disposition we should cultivate during Advent. Similar […]

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Books for Christmas 2019

Resist the twitterization of thought — give books for Christmas! The following titles will delight, instruct, edify (or all of the above): Churchill: Walking with Destiny, by Andrew Roberts (Viking): […]

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A last chance for Australian justice

My late parents loved Cardinal George Pell, whom they knew for decades. So I found it a happy coincidence that, on November 12 (which would have been my parents’ 70th […]

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An occasion worth celebrating

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”  Hebrews 12:1 I love […]

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Letter to the editor: The big picture on clerical sex abuse in the Church

The following is an unsolicited letter submitted by a reader. As a father of two and a cradle Roman Catholic, I am disgusted with the abuse of children by clergy […]

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Celebrate Black Catholic History Month ‘for the greater glory of God’

By Kateri Joda Williams “For the greater glory of God.” That is the reason all Catholics celebrate the heritage and contributions of Blacks in Catholic Christianity during the month of […]

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The reformed liturgy, 50 years later

Fifty years ago, on November 30, 1969, the Catholic Church marked the First Sunday of Advent with the universal implementation of the revised Roman Rite of the Mass, approved by […]

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Open Wide Our Hearts: Lessons in racism from a pilgrimage to Montgomery

By Sister Marion Weinzapfel, csj Just why would a group composed of Denver’s Auxiliary Bishop Jorge H. Rodriguez, a parish priest, a deacon and his wife, several religious women and […]

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Monet and the Catholic approach to beauty

In his new book, Beauty: What It Is and Why It Matters (Sophia, 2019), John-Mark Miravalle relates how beauty combines the objective quality of order with the subjective experience of […]