Catholic Courier

Posted: July 10, 2009

Last Updated: April 24, 2015

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June 30, 2015
Money can't buy faith and solidarity
Money can't buy faith and solidarity

America has been hungry for someone to challenge the idea that it's OK for people to come in as a distant second to profit.

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By Richard Trumka/Guest Columnist
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June 29, 2015
Setting out on a moral life, even while driving
Setting out on a moral life, even while driving

My wife and I drove across Pennsylvania recently after a weekend visit to my hometown. It's about a six-hour trip, so we did the usual things to pass the time.

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May 27, 2015
In Baltimore, a lesson in blame
In Baltimore, a lesson in blame

At the height of the rioting in Baltimore in late April following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who died after being in police custody, the city's mayor referred to those destroying properties as "thugs."

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May 27, 2015
Lamentations for the Christians of the Middle East
Lamentations for the Christians of the Middle East

"How solitary sits the city, once filled with people. She who was great among the nations is now like a widow. Once a princess among the provinces, now a toiling slave."

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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