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If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

| Father Robert Barron | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A team of sociologists, led by Catholic University professor William D’Antonio, published a survey a few years ago that received quite a bit of media attention, for it showed that many Catholics disagree with core doctrines of their Church and yet still consider themselves “good Catholics.”

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Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

| Jason Adkins | December 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

The confusion surrounding the executive action is emblematic of an immigration debate that has been distorted. Avoiding that trap requires more from us as Catholics, including: 1) reading broadly; 2) listening faithfully; and 3) seeking to “encounter” with people affected by our choices, all of whom are made in the image and likeness of God.

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Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Could a transplanted womb from a post-menopausal woman be “triggered” back into action once it had been introduced into the body of a younger woman? Could a transplanted uterus effectively provide nourishment to a growing baby? Are such transplants ultimately ethical?

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Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

| Tony Rossi | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author and theologian Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story. But he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.”

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Why should I confess my sins to a priest?

Why should I confess my sins to a priest?

| Father Ian Bozant, Archdiocese of New Orleans | December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a modern American mindset, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on privacy. As such, the idea of confessing one’s sins to another person can seem odd or even unnecessary. Often, the most common argument against this idea is that Almighty God knows all things and desires all people to approach him in prayer, so it seems sufficient to simply confess one’s sins and beg for forgiveness in private prayer.

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What does education choice really look like?

What does education choice really look like?

| Shawn Peterson | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Read about why the Minnesota Catholic Conference will join with other Minnesota educational choice advocates in the 2015 legislative session to encourage legislators to establish educational savings accounts and opportunity scholarship tax credits for Minnesota families.

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Light the candles, pour the wine: the Catholic call to celebrate

Light the candles, pour the wine: the Catholic call to celebrate

| Christina Capecchi | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite its reputation for deprivation, our Catholic faith is a celebratory one. We are drawn into thanksgiving with incense and bells, candles and wine. We mark feast days and holy days. We celebrate the Mass. Every act of celebration, however simple, can be a spiritual exercise, affirming life and honoring the Creator.

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Open confessional doors, open hearts to holiness and mission

Open confessional doors, open hearts to holiness and mission

| Denise Bossert | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is the key to unleashing the new evangelization. It is essential to carrying out the Gospel mission. What is the key? It is the confessional.

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It’s so difficult to see Christ in ‘them’

It’s so difficult to see Christ in ‘them’

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A teaching Catholics learn early on, one that tends to prod guilty consciences when one hears it later in life, is that we are supposed to see Christ in every person we meet.

When was the last time you did that?

Yeah. Me, too.

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We can be missionaries right where we are

We can be missionaries right where we are

| November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

French poet Leon Bloy once wrote, “The only real sadness in life is not to become a saint.”

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Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

| Shawn Peterson | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of all the important and interesting policy areas I work on, none is more personal than education.

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Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’

| Christina Capecchi | November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Looking back, the son that was born to Leoold and Anna Maria Mozart on a Tuesday evening in late January seemed to arrive with fully formed symphonies bound up in his tiny body, waiting for ink and instrument. At age 3, the toddler nicknamed Wolfgangerl was identifying thirds on the clavier, and by 5, he was composing music.

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