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  • Throwing aside the garment of worldly attachment

    What must I do to be saved? To ask this question – truly, authentically, honestly, in the depths of our hearts – is already a profound gift of grace from Jesus Christ. How often do we ask this question? How seriously do we take this question? Do we realize it is possible not to be saved?
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  • World Mission Sunday 2015

    Every year we remember in a special way our Baptismal call to mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, this year on October 18.
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  • Pope Francis: A model ministry

    Pope Francis has shifted the conversation away from “who is out” to “who is in”; away from what behaviors will preclude you from the services of the church to how the services of the church must be better deployed to serve those at the periphery of society.
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?: Elimination of automatic appeal

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some Catholic news outlets, have reported a great deal of misinformation about the changes.
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  • Sons of thunder: ‘We want power’

    Since the Second Vatican Council there has been a lot of confusion about power in the American church. To some Vatican II became an opportunity to “restructure” the distribution of power in Catholicism.
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  • Jailed for defending marriage

    Kim Davis, the now famous clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses, was arrested and incarcerated.
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  • Life after the convent: Finding the courage to start over

    There is no scrapbook of Kathy Webb’s life as a Dominican sister. No picture frames or friendship bracelets, no nun memorabilia perched in a closet or buried in a trunk.
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  • Communication and mercy: A fruitful encounter

    VATICAN CITY – “Communication and mercy: A fruitful encounter” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Communications Day.
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  • Issues beneath issues at synod 2015

    Since Pope Francis announced that two synods would examine the contemporary crisis of marriage and the family and work to devise more evangelically dynamic responses to that crisis, a lot of attention has focused on issues of Catholic discipline:
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  • Innocence, complexity, and sanctity

    Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding. As the officiating priest, I was invited to the reception and dance that followed upon the church service. Not knowing the family well and having church services the next morning, I left right after the banquet and the toasts, just as the dancing was about to start. When I was seemingly out of earshot, I heard the bride’s father say to someone: “I’m glad that Father has gone; now we can celebrate with some rock music!”
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  • The church can light up the darkness of humanity

    “When life proves difficult and demanding, we can be tempted to step back, turn away and withdraw, perhaps even in the name of prudence and realism, and thus flee the responsibility of doing our part as best we can,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 3.
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  • Follow the money

    On Sept. 3, pro-life Susan B. Anthony List invited 2,000 congressional Democrats and their staffs to a Capitol Hill screening of the Planned Parenthood investigative videos released to date. Only nine staffers showed up. Why? Perhaps a quick look at the money flowing between Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats tells the story.
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  • Caring for our soul

    What does it profit you if you gain the whole world but suffer the loss of your own soul?
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  • How the marriage nullity process is changing

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some
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  • Unity marks God’s kingdom

    In the Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for their “hardness of hearts.”
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process.
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  • Dorothy Day a voice for our times

    Father Ronald Rolheiser writes about Dorothy Day in your Sept. 11 issue, calling her truly an example for our time.
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  • Moral line crossed long before Hiroshima

    The debate over whether our dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945 ended the war, and whether the Japanese were about to surrender anyway, will probably never be resolved.
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  • A-bomb lesson

    In condemning the atomic bombing of Japan, letter writer Richard Morasci (Sept. 11) says Japanese diplomats were trying to end the war and “did not want to fight to the last man standing.”
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  • The county clerk in Kentucky

    There is definitely a mixed reaction to the county clerk in Kentucky who took a personal stand against signing same-sex marriage licenses.
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