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Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

| Father Robert Barron | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

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‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

| Father Robert Barron | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

What makes the society in “The Giver” most like contemporary Europe is the forgetfulness of Christianity. The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own.

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The marginalized include those with mental illness

The marginalized include those with mental illness

| Deacon Jim Marschall | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

The recent death of actor Robin Williams has drawn attention to the tragedy of mental illness and suicide, but I fear that as weeks pass, it is slipping quietly from our consciousness.

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Back to school and starting over

Back to school and starting over

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

While it’s hard to say goodbye to my family’s more relaxed summertime state of being, I love the implicit promise of the new school year. It’s a reminder that there are always fresh beginnings in life, that we don’t have to stay fixed in one place.

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Women feel same ache as salvation’s matriarchs

Women feel same ache as salvation’s matriarchs

| Denise Bossert | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

I had a glimpse into the matriarchs of salvation’s history that I had never had. They had no reason to believe they would ever hear their own child’s first cry — except a faint hope that remained in the deepest, most hidden part of their hearts.

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We are an Easter people

We are an Easter people

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the work of upholding human dignity, the response of the Bethlehem Academy community gave new meaning to a phrase often used in the pro-life community: “dying with dignity.”

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Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

| Patricia Zapor | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers’ health insurance plans because it violates the employers’ faith-based moral objections.

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Blueprint for evangelization: Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

Blueprint for evangelization: Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

| Joan Frawley Desmond | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the weeks since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Catholic commentators have been analyzing the document’s themes and messages. The following first appeared in the National Catholic Register (ncregister.com). It was written by the newspaper’s senior editor, Joan Frawley Desmond, and is reprinted with permission.

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‘Just one life’ can make an incredible impact

‘Just one life’ can make an incredible impact

| Sharon Wilson | December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Blessing a child in the womb, grieving the loss of a miscarriage, honoring a child through a naming memorial — all of these efforts help to combat society’s insistence on evaluating the worth of a persons’ life based on what they can do.

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Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Vincentian pastor administered last rites after president’s assassination

Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Vincentian pastor administered last rites after president’s assassination

| Jay Nies | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The late Vincentian Father Oscar Huber, a native of Perryville, Mo., in the St. Louis Archdiocese, was a hard-working, dedicated pastor who made many friends throughout his years of faithful ministry.

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Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Cathedral visit among stops on first presidential visit to Minnesota

Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Cathedral visit among stops on first presidential visit to Minnesota

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eleven-year-old Winifred Purinton and her sister Mary, 15, stood outside the Cathedral of St. Paul for several hours in a chilly drizzle on the morning of Oct. 7, 1962.

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Too much of anything can be bad, including screen time

Too much of anything can be bad, including screen time

| Mark Pattison | November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the United States, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, but it can contribute to numerous health risks.

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