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Voices
  • Healing – a theory

    All of us live with some wounds, bad habits, addictions and temperamental flaws that are so deeply engrained and longstanding that it seems like they are part of our genetic makeup. And so we tend to give into a certain quiet despair in terms of ever being healed of them.
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  • Facing a new reality

    With the Supreme Court’s sweeping legalization of same-sex marriage June 26, the church is facing a difficult road ahead – a truth spelled out in the pointed remarks by the four dissenting justices in the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
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  • Letting worry out the door while trusting in God

    The kingdom of God is within you. We’ve all heard this truth, but few of us fully understand it or make an effort to put it into practice when we need it. In signing off my letters to friends and others, I often write, “May the Lord be your strength and your joy.”
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  • Supreme Court does not decide what is or is not a sacrament

    An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010 added acts of violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the list of federal hate crimes.
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  • ‘Come away and rest a while’

    According to USA Today, (May 25, 2014) the ratio of priests to parishioners in 2010 was 1:1,653. That would mean if each priest spent six minutes with each parishioner, he would have two hours and 42 minutes left per week to eat, sleep, pray and rest.
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  • ‘It is now up to us, in great ways and small’

    It is gratifying to us in the City of St. Francis that the opening words of the long-anticipated encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si’,” are taken from the famous “Canticle of the Creatures” composed by our mutual patronal saint, the Little Poor Man of Assisi, who is such a model for all of us of care for all of God’s creation.
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  • The church and the ‘new normal’

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, these sober thoughts occur:
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  • Prayer for charity and understanding

    Civil gay marriage is now constitutional in the entirety of the United States. That is a reality found to be unpleasant by many, including many in our Catholic community.
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  • Correcting the record

    I always enjoy reading “Around the Archdiocese” articles every week – always informative and enjoyable for the most part!
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  • Regrettable analogy

    After the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage last week, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the USCCB, wrote a statement lamenting the decision.
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  • Charities’ legacy on prison hospitality

    Your article of June 19 (“San Quentin prison families visit dads, granddads”) on the “Get on the Bus” visiting program of the children of the incarcerated reminds me of the humble beginnings of the prison visiting program now in place at California’s 33 prisons.
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  • ‘We’re here for the nuns’

    Your June 19 edition highlighted the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. I congratulate the paper for that wonderful story. For those of your readers who remember the late ABC broadcaster Paul Harvey, there is “the rest of the story” deserving to be told about the sisters.
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  • Remembering another great encyclical

    While Pope Francis’ new encyclical “Laudato, Si’” is enjoying wide publicity, few people are aware this year marks the 20th anniversary of another powerfully prophetic social justice and peace encyclical: “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”).
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  • The value and power of ritual

    Today we no longer understand the value and power of ritual. This is more than an individual failing. It’s the cultural air we breathe. In the words of Robert L. Moore, we’ve gone “ritually tone-deaf.” The effects of this can be seen everywhere: Allow me two examples:
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  • Resistance to Pope Francis’ encyclical

    Recently, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the pope should “leave science to the scientists.” His sentiment is echoed by those who deny climate change and contend that the church should stay out of the debate – following the release of “Laudato Si’” and the conversation that the pope’s encyclical letter on the environment has generated.
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  • Living out of a deep spirit of Christian joy

    The world into which Jesus sent the Twelve to preach the Gospel is different than the world into which today’s evangelists labor. More than anything else, residents of our contemporary Western world are imbued with a naturalist mentality.
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  • Assisted suicide: A Catholic perspective

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  • The banking of sperm and eggs before cancer treatments

    Both chemotherapy and radiation can affect sexual organs and how they work. The American Cancer Society addresses the potential effects on male fertility this way: “Chemo may lower the number of sperm cells, reduce their ability to move, or cause other changes. … Because permanent sterility (infertility) may occur, it’s important to discuss this issue with your doctor BEFORE you start chemo. You might want to think about banking your sperm for future use.”
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  • The trappings of our modern world

    In 1976, you could drive to the United States Capitol, park there and be greeted by police officers who acted as tour guides. You could stand on its steps and watch the city wake up in the morning. Today, this is not allowed.
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  • The family: The closest hospital

    VATICAN CITY – Illness, a common experience in the life of families from childhood until advanced age, was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis during his Wednesday. June 11, general audience. “The family has always been the ‘closest hospital,’ and still, today, in many parts of the world, the hospital is a privilege enjoyed by few, and is often far away.
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