Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: April 24, 2015

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May 2, 2016
Questionable use of scare quotes
Questionable use of scare quotes

Southern states have been busy this spring passing laws that follow naturally on the Supreme Court's decision affirming same-sex marriage.

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May 2, 2016
Looking for opportunities to foster a culture of encounter
Looking for opportunities to foster a culture of encounter

My friend Sister Maura worries about my travels to risky places for Catholic Relief Services. On the other hand, I marvel at how this soft-spoken and diminutive nun of 90 provides medical care in the toughest local neighborhood to which I have never traveled alone.

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April 5, 2016
Rising with Christ in a broken world
Rising with Christ in a broken world

In my daily work at Catholic Relief Services, I routinely encounter suffering: the crisis of 60 million displaced people around the world, a number larger than those displaced in World War II; at least 50 million children not in school; human trafficking; slave labor; impending food shortage for a large number of Ethiopians; or the dry corridor in Central America with unpredictable bursts of torrential rain that eliminate growing seasons and sometimes wipe out complete plantings.

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April 5, 2016
A parade for St. Patrick
A parade for St. Patrick

Recently, I was the grand marshal of the Washington, D.C., St. Patrick's Day parade. It was a lot of fun. 

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February 29, 2016
Ashes: An urgent call for our souls
Ashes: An urgent call for our souls

As Ash Wednesday approached, I was puzzled by a fairly well-established statistic: Ash Wednesday Mass tends to draw a large attendance, right up there with Masses at Christmas and Easter. I asked around and never got a satisfactory answer. Someone said it is Catholic guilt and the sense of obligation.

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February 29, 2016
In the Year of Mercy, open doors of mercy are everywhere
In the Year of Mercy, open doors of mercy are everywhere

When I was in Washington last year, one of the things that fascinated me was the Holy Door at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Simply carved in glowing wood, the door was firmly closed when I saw it. 

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February 29, 2016
Justice Scalia: Man of the people
Justice Scalia: Man of the people

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, God rest his soul, was routinely described as a conservative, and so he was. He held fast to a lot of traditional values. He loved his church, his wife and nine children, and his country.

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February 1, 2016
The brimming bud of human potential
The brimming bud of human potential

As I write, I'm warm and dry with a "Snowzilla" of a blizzard swirling around my residence in the Jesuit community at Philadelphia's St. Joseph's University.

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February 1, 2016
What is a Christian response to ISIS?
What is a Christian response to ISIS?

Q. What is the Christian response to ISIS? (Harrisonburg, Virginia)

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February 1, 2016
Lessons for the Year of Mercy
Lessons for the Year of Mercy

As the Year of Mercy began, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I remembered the popular parable: the prodigal son. 

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