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  • Rise of a homeschooled Catholic tech star

    On Sunday night the email landed in Mike Foss’ inbox: He had been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the business magazine’s annual list of rising stars younger than 30.
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  • Leading from the center, not the top

    I’ve been thinking a lot these days about the geometry of leadership. Those thoughts are prompted by invitations I’ve had to speak to college students about leadership and also by the recent death of a great educational leader, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, and by the emergence in Iowa and New Hampshire of presidential hopefuls as the primary season begins to heat up.
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  • Holy Week and the Chronicle ad

    Holy Week, the Easter triduum, and the wrenching memory of Jesus’ painful suffering and death, hardly forgotten some days ago, seemed too far behind us to resurface partially in the protests and posturing against our archbishop in mid-April.
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  • Yeshiva model for Catholic education

    My first reaction to Archbishop Cordileone’s letter to Catholic high school teachers was perplexity.
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  • A reflection on Catholic education

    Catholic education – this is something I have cherished since growing up in San Francisco in the 1950s and 1960s: I graduated from St. Cecilia School, St. Rose Academy and Dominican University of California.
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  • Opportunities for forgiveness

    With all that’s going on let’s thank God for the opportunities offered daily to practice lessons of forgiveness and not judging, as found in Matthew.
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  • Ad inadvisable

    On April 16, a full-page ad ran in the Chronicle asking the pope to replace Archbishop Cordileone.
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  • Grafted to the true vine

    All the religious traditions of history except the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have maintained that the heart of reality is mankind’s quest for the divine, for God. What sets the Abrahamic traditions apart from the others is that they insist that things work the other way round, namely, that the heart of things is God’s quest for us.
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  • Who am I to judge?

    Perhaps the single, most-often quoted line from Pope Francis is his response to a question he was asked vis-à-vis the morality of a particularly-dicey issue. His, infamous-famous reply: “Who am I to judge?”
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  • Dialogue: Essential for peaceful relationships

    According to The New York Times, during a White House luncheon in 1954 Winston Churchill said, “To jaw-jaw ([talk-talk) always is better than to war-war.”
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  • A Lenten lesson to practice throughout life

    On a recent trip out West, I once again became aware of one of St. John XXIII’s reasons for initiating the Second Vatican Council: to encourage the church to adjust to changing times.
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  • ‘Wolf Hall’ and upmarket anti-Catholicism

    “Wolf Hall,” the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater” Easter Sunday night.
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  • The implications of 3-parent embryos

    An ethical Rubicon was crossed when the first in vitro fertilization-conceived baby came into the world in 1978.
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  • The last trimester of life: The spirituality of aging

    In Sacred Scripture our Lord reminds us in Psalms, Chapter 90 that God turns humanity back to dust and that “Seventy is the sum of our years, or 80, if we are strong; Most of them are toil and sorrow; they pass quickly, and we are gone.”
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  • Supporting the archbishop

    I am in full support of what our archbishop is trying to do. Protecting the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage as the guardian of life, even as the Holy Father recently pointed out in his Angelus message last Wednesday, is fundamental if we are to protect against so many degrading elements in our culture, from the Armenian genocide, to the violence among those abandoned by their fathers who hang out in the street and are caught up in the thug life, to the current push to legalize euthanasia.
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  • Thanking the auxiliaries

    Let us give thanks to our two stalwart auxiliary bishops, Most Rev. Robert McElroy and Most Rev. William Justice, who have served us constantly, faithfully and with cheerful hearts, and a sense of humor as they administered the sacrament of confirmation throughout our 90 parishes in addition to numerous social events and official engagements.
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  • Apologies to Tony Magliano

    I have the wonderful experience of being able to enjoy reading both the San Jose and San Francisco diocesan newspapers.
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  • Concerns about Chronicle ad

    I read with dismay the letter to Pope Francis that appeared on the last page of the Chronicle on April 16. I have several concerns.
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  • Ad not money well spent

    As far as I can judge from their Chronicle advertisement, the self-proclaimed “Catholic Community of San Francisco” seems to find it objectionable that Archbishop Cordileone believes in the teachings of the church.
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  • The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep

    The figure of the Good Shepherd has captivated the Christian imagination from the earliest days of the church.
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