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America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

| Bishop Robert Barron | February 21, 2018 | 5 Comments

Last month, America magazine published a fascinating survey regarding the attitudes of women in the Church. They were kind enough to publish a few of my reactions to the study, but I would like to offer a fuller response to their findings.

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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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A father’s love

A father’s love

| Bryant Ortega | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I remember sitting around as a teenager hearing stories of my dad coming to this country to pursue the American dream. The more he told me, the more I wanted to know about the intense experience he endured and why he would leave his parents and loved ones. He always said he wanted a better life and to one day give that to his family. It sounded a bit cliché, like your typical immigrant story told in movies, but I accepted it.

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Getting to forgiveness

Getting to forgiveness

| Liz Kelly | February 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Some years ago, a woman told a lie about me that caused some serious harm and was tremendously painful to bear. After many months had passed, out of the blue, she sent me an email, something along the lines of, “If I hurt you, I’m sorry.” We’ve all gotten these: the non-apology apology. It was, I thought, cowardly, and did very little to repair the damage that had been done.

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How to hold doubt and grow faith

How to hold doubt and grow faith

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

One Sunday after Mass when I was 13 years old, I told my dad that I wasn’t sure if I believed that Jesus was really in the Eucharist.

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Success in modern marriage

Success in modern marriage

| Kate Soucheray | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Success in modern marriage is no small feat. Experts say that a long-term marriage is any length of time over 20 or 25 years. In addition, these experts explain that the percentage of marriages that will last the lifetime of the individuals involved — so that they will find themselves with the same person in old age as the same one they married when they were young — has diminished significantly.

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Waltzing on ice: on crisis and community

Waltzing on ice: on crisis and community

| Christina Capecchi | February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

When it came time to interview prospective sailors for his expedition across Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton had clear-cut criteria. He had to pick the right men for his journey to the bottom of the world, a news-making attempt to be the first to cross the continent via the coldest place on Earth: the South Pole.

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Homage to Don Briel

Homage to Don Briel

| George Weigel | January 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the history of U.S. Catholic higher education since World War II, three seminal moments stand out: Msgr. John Tracy Ellis’s 1955 article, “American Catholics and the Intellectual Life;” the 1967 Land o’ Lakes statement, “The Idea of a Catholic University;” and the day Don Briel began the Catholic Studies Program – and the Catholic Studies movement – at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities.

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Catholic schools must matter

Catholic schools must matter

| Father J. Michael Byron and Anne Weyandt | January 25, 2018 | 3 Comments

Why should we care? Why should anybody care about anyone else? And why does this matter?

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To be a watchman

To be a watchman

| Ben Tlougan | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s about 2345 hours, and there is only a little light from the moon to help us see. My partner and I are on tour duty. Along with about four other two-man teams, we’re keeping watch over our base in northeast Afghanistan.

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To sink or to dance

To sink or to dance

| Liz Kelly | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

My friend — I’ll call her “Veronica” — goes for the spiritual jugular, so to speak. It’s almost as if she avails herself to God and says, “All right, Lord, give me the toughest assignment you’ve got. Spare me no challenge.”

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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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