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Crisis response must remember the spiritual stakes

Everyone expected the meeting of bishops this past week to be monumentally important, but no one expected the Vatican to intervene the way it did. Even though I was disappointed […]

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Vatican autocracy and the U.S. bishops

As the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore on the weekend of Nov. 10-11, it seemed certain that, after a day of prayer, penance, and reflection on the Church’s sexual abuse […]

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A century after the Armistice

I’m just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 “Armistice Day:” the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a […]

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Pilgrims to the Everlasting City

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). The author of the Letter to the Hebrews pointed beyond the earthly […]

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Ahead of bishops’ meeting, we need your prayer and fasting

Since ancient times, people have used the stars to navigate through the expanse of the sea or over unknown terrain.  As the bishops of the United States prepare to address […]

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Roots of Catholic anger

After a month out of the country, working in Rome at Synod-2018 and helping mark the 40th anniversary of John Paul II’s election at events in Brussels and Warsaw, I […]

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How to discern the will of God

God spoke to Abraham. Moses saw the burning bush and heard the voice of God. Samuel was roused as a young boy by God saying his name in the sanctuary. […]

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Shifting tectonic plates in Eastern Christianity

ROME. While Synod-2018 was trying to grasp the polyhedron-like character of “synodality” and wrestling with the differences among sexual inclination, sexual orientation, and sexual attraction, tectonic plates were shifting beneath […]

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Finding light, building culture, venerating the saints

“Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ . . . having no hope and without God in the world; Once you were in darkness, but now you […]

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Don’t just do something – be.

I just returned from the Catholic Leadership Conference — or, as I like to call it, “the best three days of the year.” In the midst of the current crisis […]

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From skepticism to gratitude: My experience of The Way

On Sunday, Oct. 14, I had the privilege of celebrating the Eucharist in Greeley with over 500 catechists from the Neocatechumenal Way. As The Way celebrates its 50th Anniversary this […]

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A public Church, not a partisan Church

WARSAW. The temptation to ally the Church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads […]