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  • Political correctness: Swallowing hard

    Just because something is politically correct doesn’t mean that it might not also be correct. Sometimes we have to swallow hard to accept truth.
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  • Point of no return

    To say that the graphic revelations of the past few weeks about Planned Parenthood selling fetal parts, organs and tissue have been disturbing, would be an understatement. Even to those familiar with its business operations, the callousness of what goes on behind the scenes was a shock. Thanks to the speed of the Internet, outrage swiftly spread through the general public, resulting in the federal and at least a dozen state governments opening hearings on the matter.
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  • Children of both heaven and earth

    “Because, my God, though I lack the soul-zeal and the sublime integrity of your saints, I yet have received from you an overwhelming sympathy for all that stirs within the dark mass of matter; because I know myself to be irremediably less a child of heaven and a son of earth.”
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  • Los Angeles auxiliaries

    As a San Francisco priest currently serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I found it rather disconcerting that CSF would feature an article (July 24) about only one of the three fine priests appointed auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the celebrity at that.
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  • Mary’s Assumption pertains to us

    Like every doctrine of faith, Mary’s assumption into heaven, body and soul, is about us too. Mary is our model in faith, charity and perfect union with Christ. She teaches us how to live in a faith-filled and loving way.
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  • A-bomb crew chaplain’s conversion

    Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment – the atomic bomb – was dropped by an American B-29 bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people.
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  • Tasting the ‘living bread’

    Marie is a extraordinary minister of holy Communion in her parish. Each Sunday she attends the 10 a.m. Mass.
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  • Pope’s call a teachable moment for Catholic schools

    It says something that one of Pope Francis’ first major documents should include scientific as well as theological references, and that it focuses on our planet and our responsibility, as Catholics, to care and share it.
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  • Secularization of human rights

    When we lose sight of the origin of human rights, we can easily have a false interpretation of those rights. Freedom of speech can become the license to say whatever we wish whenever we wish, giving no thought to prudence.
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  • Poor choice of words

    I find the wording of the headline above the front-page article regarding SB 126 (July 10) to be a poor choice.
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  • Protecting innocents in our ‘sanctuary city’

    The “sanctuary city” policies are helpful to the extent they do not discourage San Franciscans, whatever their immigration status, from reporting crimes, but recently they have been misused to shield a serial offender, with terrible results.
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  • Gay Catholics key to Castro parish’s growth

    As a former parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer in the Castro District I read with interest the article the July 17 issue titled “Precious Blood Fathers answer call to shepherd Castro parish.” The story was familiar to me but I admit to blinking twice when I read what I am sure what Father Link meant as a positive statement: “… the parish does not have even a ministry defined or directed specifically to the gay or LGBT community.”
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  • Healing the Earth and our ‘internal deserts’

    Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” (“Praise to You, my Lord,” from St. Francis’ canticle) will be read and talked about and debated by almost everyone who reads it. He couldn’t have picked a topic more relevant to the modern scene and more controversial than the environment.
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  • Changing my body to ‘match’ my ‘identity?’

    The famous Olympian Bruce Jenner made headlines recently when he told ABC News, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman … That female side is part of me.
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  • Facing Earth’s peril with earnestness and gravity

    Every outstanding thinker’s ideas can be traced to the influence of great thinkers. In his recent encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis mirrors much of the thinking of renowned theologian Father Romano Guardini, whom the pope studied in Germany.
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  • Flannery O’Connor and Catholic realism

    From this vale of tears, one can never be sure about the boundaries of acceptable behavior at the Throne of Grace. Is laughter at earthly foibles permitted?
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  • ‘I was in prison and you came to me’

    For all the world to see, Pope Francis and President Obama recently gave personal witness to Christ’s words in Matthew 25:30, “I was in prison and you came to me.” While it was an historic first prison visit for an American president, it was a relatively familiar act of pastoral outreach for a pope.
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  • The healing place of silence

    A recent book by Robyn Cadwallander, “The Anchoress,” tells the story of young woman, Sarah, who chooses to shut herself off from the world and lives as an Anchoress (like Julian of Norwich).
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  • Nourishing body, mind, heart and soul

    Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
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  • Progressive Catholic authoritarianism: An enduring problem

    Back in the day (the late 1960s or thereabouts), Father Andrew Greeley – the model of an old-fashioned liberal Catholic – accused Father Daniel Berrigan (the beau ideal of postconciliar Catholic radicalism) of harboring an authoritarian streak in his politics.
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