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  • State of the Fourth Estate

    The essays by columnists toward Archbishop Cordileone demonstrate the pathetic state of the Fourth Estate within San Francisco and its environs.
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  • Embrace wisdom, invoke compassion

    Between me and my three siblings we have 32 years with the Sisters of the Holy Name at St. Mark’s School; we have six with the Jesuits at Loyola High School. We have six years with the Franciscans at St Anthony’s Seminary; two with the Sisters of Notre Dame and another two with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. We have six more with the Jesuits at Loyola Marymount University.
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  • Inclusive terminology

    Thank you for including the “mixed-race” community in your article. We use the term “multiracial,” but understand that people do use other terminology that may not be as inclusive or respectable. Unfortunately, we at Project RACE (www.projectrace.com) must deal with these issues daily.
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  • Archdiocese needs Solomon

    The 108 “committed Catholics” who petitioned Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Cordileone have been committed to every San Francisco archbishop – including Archbishop Cordileone.
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  • Too late for ‘reality check’

    Archbishop Martin and Italian Cardinal Parolin and German Cardinal Kasper are quoted lamenting the Irish vote to redefine marriage.
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  • Called to blind trust in God’s power and love

    The Book of Job is about the problem of suffering: How can the goodness and power of God be reconciled with the reality of suffering in the world? Where is God in my suffering? How can God expect me to be a disciple and a believer with such anguish in my heart, with such pain in my life?
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  • Racism: Paradox of the unique and universal

    Race continues to divide our families, our cities and our nation. Communities of all colors in local communities and law enforcement have suffered unacceptable human losses. Race, skin color, religion, creed, national origin (ancestry), sex, age, disability, military status, accent bias, and language discrimination are a few of the “isms” that continue to plague our society irrespective of legal protections, integration efforts and economic development.
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  • The deepest secret inside wisdom

    Everyone longs to know something that’s secret, to know something that others don’t know, but that you know, and the knowledge of which gives you some insight and advantage over others who are outside the inner-circle of that secret. It has always been so. Historically this is called Gnosticism, which forever makes an appearance in one form or another.
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  • The family and the downward spiral of poverty

    VATICAN CITY – The living conditions that put the family to the test and render it vulnerable, starting with poverty, will be the themes of Pope Francis’ catechesis starting from today, he announced to the 20,000 faithful attending Pope Francis’ Wednesday general audience June 3 in St. Peter’s Square.
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  • The hidden poor of Appalachia

    Back in the mid-1980s, I was working as a director of religious education at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in western Maryland.
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  • The veiled language of parables

    In the Disney film, “Mary Poppins,” one of the more aggravating qualities of the magical nanny, to Mr. George Banks, is that he cannot understand her eccentric ways that seem to energize his children as he never could.
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  • Engagement is a path of preparation

    VATICAN CITY – Engagement, the time devoted to laying the groundwork for a project of love taken on in full freedom and awareness, was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis during his Wednesday general audience May 27.
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  • ‘Inordinate Attachments’: Moral flaw or struggle with divine energy?

    The renowned spiritual writer Henri Nouwen made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally oversensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions.
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  • Preparing to enter God’s presence at Mass

    Mark’s Gospel is terribly brief. In fact, it is often tagged “The Passion with an Introduction.” Given that fact, why would the inspired writer take time to talk about how the Apostles prepared for the first Mass?
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  • The 3 key words of the family: Please, thank you, sorry

    VATICAN CITY – “Please, thank you and sorry” are the three words that Pope Francis “would write on the door of every family home” as they are the key to living well and in peace both inside and outside the home.
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  • Putting faith into action

    Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras and past president of the Latin American bishops’ council, was on the campus of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia at the end of April to participate in a meeting of about 250 Catholic community organizers gathered to express their hopes for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September.
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  • The forgotten

    The brewing tensions between liberal and conservative Catholics clearly reflect a polarized community in San Francisco.
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  • Faith and naivete

    A person may be called naive if she or he (“xe”) does not understand why “xe” believes something and has no means of testing the truth of what is believed.
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  • The Catholic Church’s German crisis

    The 21st-century church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine, through which German Catholicism played a leading role in Vatican II’s efforts to renew Catholic witness for the third millennium.
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  • What is VSED and why should it matter to us?

    More than 20 years ago, Dr. David Eddy, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, described how his mother, though not suffering from a terminal illness, chose to end her life through VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).
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