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Advocacy: More life-giving than you think

Advocacy: More life-giving than you think

| Rachel Herbeck | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

As Catholics, we are called to actively live out the Gospel in public life. It’s a call that sometimes solicits the thought, “Do I really have to?”

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The politics of language

The politics of language

Those defending the indefensible continue to use vague words, abstraction and misleading terms to impose their will. And it can be alarmingly effective because corrupt language obscures the truth and dulls the intellect. As Orwell himself put it, “every such phrase anaesthetizes a portion of one’s brain.”

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Sports gambling: Leave the money on the table

Sports gambling: Leave the money on the table

| April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court might loosen federal restrictions on sports gambling. As a result, many states have proactively drafted bills that would create regulated sports gambling industries at the state level — Minnesota included. The changes could greatly expand legal gambling in Minnesota, for example, by making online gambling accessible 24 hours a day from any computer or smart phone.

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We are all responsible for helping the poor

We are all responsible for helping the poor

| Anne Krisnik | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Minnesota is ranked the second-best state in the nation overall (after Iowa). This is according to new overall state rankings by U.S. News and World Report, which are based on more than 75 metrics including economy, education, opportunities and quality of life.

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Overcoming gun absolutism

Overcoming gun absolutism

| Jason Adkins | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Five years ago, just after the Sandy Hook massacre, I wrote a highly criticized column on gun control.

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The inseparable link: Pornography and human trafficking

The inseparable link: Pornography and human trafficking

| Shawn Peterson | March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Every second, people spend $3,075.64 on pornography; every second, 28,258 people view it online; every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States; and every day, approximately 11 million teens access some form of pornography.

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Fighting fake news with the truth of Christ

Fighting fake news with the truth of Christ

| Jason Adkins | February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.

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Caucusing for human dignity

Caucusing for human dignity

| Katherine Cross | January 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

It might not be a presidential election year, but in November, Minnesotans will still vote for a governor and all 10 of its representatives in Congress, including two U.S. Senate seats. These decisions can potentially shift balances of power on both state and national levels.

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Taking battle notes from Star Wars

Taking battle notes from Star Wars

| Sarah Spangenberg | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” bring this dynamic to life on the silver screen and provide a profound image of our duty as Catholics in today’s culture and public arena: to be workers, ministers and prophets of a future not our own.

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St. Francis: Tough words for lawmakers and citizens alike

St. Francis: Tough words for lawmakers and citizens alike

| Rachel Herbeck | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

St. Francis of Assisi is a beloved saint to many, but often a mischaracterized one. Usually shown with animals, the mainstream vision of Francis is tame and gentle. However, St. Francis was an intense and radical preacher, consumed with zeal for the kingdom of God and intent on relaying the truth to others, including Muslim sultans.

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Overdoses, violence and God-talk

Overdoses, violence and God-talk

| October 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

Our society is failing to get to the bottom of the issues. We spend our energy trying to treat the symptoms of social crises, while either ignoring or remaining in denial about the deeper problems in today’s world, which exist first and foremost within the human heart.

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Combating racial disparities

Combating racial disparities

| Jason Adkins | September 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Racial disparities continue to persist in American life. As a response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently instituted a new initiative to fight racism in all its forms.

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