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A deep-rooted antidote to scandal-mania

A deep-rooted antidote to scandal-mania

| Liz Kelly | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

It pierces the spirit. How many more stories like this must we endure? Can there be atonement sufficient to cover this sweeping level of corruption and suffering?

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A dark time of illumination

A dark time of illumination

| Paul Ruff | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

“It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible — and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Eph 5:12-14)

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Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction: Balancing Ethical Duties

Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction: Balancing Ethical Duties

| Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Almost two million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of abuse — which involves not only heroin, but also prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl — has become a national crisis. Reportedly, about 80 percent of heroin addicts first misused prescription opioids. Yet for many patients, no pain-relieving options more effective than opioids exist. Figuring out how to use these powerful pharmacological agents in an appropriate and ethical manner is urgent and imperative.

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In each ‘season,’ marriage can be ‘a silent homily’

In each ‘season,’ marriage can be ‘a silent homily’

| Kate Soucheray | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you ask a couple in a longterm marriage if they have experienced “seasons” of love, they will assure you that they have. Just as a year has seasons, so does marriage. According to author Gary Chapman, these must be strategically managed for marriage to be successful.

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Breaking up with your phone

Breaking up with your phone

| Christina Capecchi | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’ve been emailing my friend Becky, a newspaper editor in South Dakota, about our growing desire to unplug. We used to compare notes on “Dancing With the Stars,” but lately we’re both watching less TV.

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The Church needs missionary disciples

The Church needs missionary disciples

| Crystal Crocker | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The recent announcements involving new scandal in our Church sadden me to the core of my being. Just when there seems to be light and hope, another tidal wave of scandal comes to take it away. The evil one is at the gate, and it seems he has invaded and the battle won’t end.

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Countering infidelity with holiness

Countering infidelity with holiness

| Jason Adkins | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The latest round of revelations related to clerical corruption, abuse and sin are yet another inexcusable abomination that soils the garments of the Church. They severely compromise the integrity of our Gospel witness as heralds of Jesus Christ and his kingdom. Even more, they undermine our moral witness in the public arena, and our ability to serve as a voice of conscience in political life.

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Can we pay others to donate a kidney?

Can we pay others to donate a kidney?

| September 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Often we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our liver or donate one of our kidneys. The proposal to give one of our two kidneys away, though, does raise some ethical and safety concerns.

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When hard conversations have to happen

When hard conversations have to happen

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I wish we didn’t have to talk about this.”

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Our hope remains in the Lord

Our hope remains in the Lord

| Greg Erlandson | September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

People ask how I can do my job as a Catholic editor and journalist these days without being depressed.

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Training for victory

Training for victory

| Ben Tlougan | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Training and preparation: We all know these are needed for difficult tasks. The hardest part of running a marathon isn’t the actual marathon — it’s the hours, days, weeks and months of running that are required to prepare for it. If you try running a marathon without preparation, you will end up like the first guy who did it, and keel over dead.

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Letter to a weary Catholic parent

Letter to a weary Catholic parent

| Liz Kelly | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

A woman emails me to tell me about her daughter: She’s 12 and has tried to commit suicide multiple times. She’s in a mental health facility, and she’s not making much progress. Would I please pray?

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