Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: April 24, 2015

Columnists

May 21, 2015
Why don't clergy publicly address issue?
Why don't clergy publicly address issue?

Bill O'Reilly (a lifelong Catholic) posed the following question on national television: "Since the Catholic Church condemns same-sex marriage, why haven't Catholic clergy publicly addressed the matter?" How would you answer? (Baltimore)

Read More
Comments(0)
April 29, 2015
Keeping talk and opinion polite on the Internet
Keeping talk and opinion polite on the Internet

The Internet is known for many things, but calm, thoughtful conversation of complex issues is not one of them. The distance between opinion and an insult aimed at a person is short.

Read More
Comments(0)
April 27, 2015
Is it immoral to smoke tobacco?
Is it immoral to smoke tobacco?

Q. During the 1970s, at least in our part of the country, there were many priests who smoked cigarettes or cigars. Yet some of them were effective in their ministry and obviously loved God greatly. When they die, as some of them already have, can they still go to heaven? Does Jesus' admonition, "Nothing that goes into a man can harm him, but only that which comes out of him -- avarice, greed, etc." apply here? (Bridgewater, New Jersey)

Read More
Comments(0)
April 24, 2015
Imagining a world without brotherly love
Imagining a world without brotherly love

Every year around, I go away with my three brothers to play golf for an extended weekend. Next to Christmas, it is my favorite time of the year. We have taken on greater family and professional responsibilities. Still, in more than 20 years, not one of us has missed our golf trip. It is an important commitment.

Read More
Comments(0)
April 24, 2015
Love and mercy for those who need it most
Love and mercy for those who need it most

The first time I read the phrase "O happy fault" in the special Easter proclamation, or Exsultet, I pondered about God's love for his people -- from the start of creation, through infidelities, rejections, destruction. God persisted in his love for us. That love is more powerful than anything, including our sinfulness.

Read More
Comments(0)
April 10, 2015
A front seat to the immigrant experience
A front seat to the immigrant experience

The public television series "The Italian Americans" was an absolute delight in reminding me of my Italian upbringing.

Read More
Comments(0)
April 10, 2015
Moving closer to God in ordinary ways
Moving closer to God in ordinary ways

The kingdom of God is within you. We've all heard this truth, but few fully understand it.

Read More
Comments(0)
April 10, 2015
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins?

Q. I have been a Catholic all my life, but I have never really understood why Jesus had to die for our sins. Couldn't God have just forgiven us? (Eagan, Minnesota)

Read More
Comments(0)
April 10, 2015
We should stop trying to be perfect
We should stop trying to be perfect

Have you paid attention to the man behind the curtain?

Read More
Comments(0)
March 6, 2015
Confession for what ails us
Confession for what ails us

Recently, I went with my family and our grandson, Jack, for his first confession.

Read More
Comments(0)
More Results: