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What a Pope!

About a year ago I reflected on the book The Good Pope, which told the life story of Pope John XXIII and his incredible impact on the papacy of his time. It seems to me that Pope Francis is having a similar impact on the papacy and the church of our time. His recent interview with the Jesuit magazines showed a man with a vision and a practice that are reaching those who have not been reached in the past. I especially loved the title “A Big Heart Open to God,” which captured for me …

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The Culture “Wars”

Recently, I came across a phrase that captures nearly perfectly for me where I am in the religious/political discussions of these days. Several years ago I was part of a planning committee for the Annual Meeting of NCCL, an organization of diocesan and parish catechetical leaders. One of the names suggested for possible speakers was Cathleen Kaveny, whom I knew at the time through her columns in Commonweal magazine. I contacted her at the University of Notre Dame; we had a conversation about possible topics; I agreed to get back with her soon. Much to …

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Cardinal Dolan is Our St. Francis

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12   Cardinal Dolan has recently sparked controversy from many of his supporters when he invited President Obama to the annual Al Smith dinner, a benefit dinner in New York City. Dolan broke file with previous Archbishops of New York by inviting a pro-abortion President to the dinner. This invitation is all the more controversial because President Obama is the architect of the …

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What I Am Giving Up

Like most Catholics, I tend to give up something for Lent—chocolate, or coffee, or some other little pleasure that I can afford to give up, if truth be told. I find this to be a good practice for me personally, but I wonder whether or not it really is in the true spirit of sacrifice that the Church had in mind when it established the penitential season of Lent. I, like a vast number of Americans (if the media reports are correct), am dismayed by and tired of the amount of rhetoric and hyperbole that …

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