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The importance of John Henry Newman’s canonization

Bl. John Henry Newman (1801-90) will be canonized on Oct. 13 and surely will be named a Doctor of the Church at some point in the future. Newman, known and […]

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Coloradans have chance to rescue the unborn

Some people in our pews today can remember the time when abortion was not legal. But the rest of you who are filling the seats in our churches, working various […]

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The renewal of Catholic higher education

The United States has well over 200 Catholic colleges and universities. Only a fraction of them, however, conform to St. John Paul’s statutes for Catholic universities in Ex Corde Ecclesiae. […]

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What kind of “believers”?

This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally […]

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Real life isn’t elsewhere — it’s right here

In an effort to break my “look at the Facebook app every time I have a free minute” habit, I have been keeping the texts of spiritual books on my […]

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The model New Evangelization bishop

Out on the Kansas plains, he was just turning 21 when the Second Vatican Council promulgated its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) and its Decree on the Pastoral […]

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Pope Francis and the possible German schism

As he was approaching his death, Jesus prayed that the Church would be one, that it would be unified. Looking back in history and at the present times of tumult […]

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Gabriel House Project: On the front lines of Diaper Need  

Did you know that one in three households struggle with diaper need? That three out of five parents struggling with diaper need miss work or school for lacking enough diapers […]

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Balderdash on the Tiber

Today’s first reading is from an explication of the academic program of the reconfigured Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences by Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, the […]

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Why stay in the Church?

There are many people who have either left the Church or are currently considering leaving because of the scandals of recent decades. We have felt pain and righteous anger at […]

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Ironies in the fire

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition — in which, Rossi memorably observed, “there are many ironies […]

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‘This is my body…’

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” . . . From this time many of his disciples turned back and […]