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COVID-19 magnifies the crisis of the family

COVID-19 magnifies the crisis of the family

| Jack Lawlis | July 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our families have emerged as many people’s primary community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fits the family’s natural role in society, but the change has not been easy. Many families have experienced new challenges amid COVID-19.

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The Gospel of life

The Gospel of life

| Jack Lawlis | June 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 25, St. John Paul II’s landmark papal letter “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”) marked its 25th anniversary. Addressing society’s devolving opinion on issues such as abortion, contraception and euthanasia, “Evangelium Vitae” resoundingly reaffirmed the dignity of each person and emphasized the Church’s role in upholding the primacy of life.

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Equality of care

Equality of care

| Lynn Varco | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing efforts to provide critical hospital care have raised serious questions about rationing (limiting access) based on disability or age. Although, like everything else, health care is subject to the problem of scarcity, principles exist for determining the appropriate allocation of medical resources, especially during a pandemic.

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A time for choosing in politics

A time for choosing in politics

| Jason Adkins | April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

In his homily during the “Extraordinary Moment of Prayer” March 27, Pope Francis addressed the Lord Jesus this way: “You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing

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Recreational marijuana: Consider first the common good

Recreational marijuana: Consider first the common good

| Jack Lawlis | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Legalizing recreational marijuana is a major issue for consideration during Minnesota’s 2020 legislative session. Many worry that legislators and the public have not fully realized the negative consequences that would likely follow legalization.

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Blaine Amendments and bigotry

Blaine Amendments and bigotry

| Jason Adkins | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U. S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating a case involving a Montana state constitutional provision steeped in historic anti-Catholic bigotry. The justices’ decision could drastically impact the future of school choice programs across the country.

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Of monuments and imperfect men

Of monuments and imperfect men

| Jason Adkins | January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the painting “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” (1905), along with another painting depicting the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, was removed from its central position in the Governor’s Reception Room of the Capitol to an out-of-the-way meeting space on the third floor, it was an attempt to recast Minnesota history as one born in white supremacy (with the coming of Christianity supposedly a part of that legacy) to tell instead a new story about the diverse state we are today.

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Feast of Epiphany: Seeking safety and freedom to live out God’s call

Feast of Epiphany: Seeking safety and freedom to live out God’s call

| Katherine Cross | December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Each year across Minnesota, on the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, Catholics mark Immigration Sunday (this year Jan. 5). In sacred art we see the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt in search of safe haven from King Herod, who wanted to kill the infant Jesus in an effort to prevent his reign as our eternal King.

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Mission trip exhibits joy of the Gospel

Mission trip exhibits joy of the Gospel

| Jason Adkins | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, I was blessed to accompany members of Our Lady of Lourdes’ (Minneapolis) parish justice and charity commission on a visit to its sister parish in Tijuana, Mexico: a mission run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

| Jason Adkins | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is a beautiful work showing the important role even the smallest and seemingly most insignificant people have in the drama of history. In the trilogy, it is Frodo Baggins, the little hobbit, who embarks on a perilous adventure to destroy the ring of power at Mount Doom and save Middle Earth from the power of the evil Sauron.

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Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

| Jason Adkins | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

This session, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota advocated in favor of a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in Minnesota. The bishops and Minnesota Catholic Conference staff have received plenty of feedback from Catholics throughout the state, in many instances expressing their disagreement with that policy proposal.

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