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July 2019

Jul 31

The miracle that will make Archbishop Fulton Sheen ‘blessed’

By: Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller When Bonnie Engstrom and her husband, Travis, were considering names for their third child in 2010, they said that they’d name a boy James Fulton in honor of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a priest from their Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. His cause for canonization was opened in 2002. Bishop Sheen in the 1950s...
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Jul 29

First, look in the mirror

By: Teresa Tomeo Recently I had a civil but nonetheless interesting exchange with a Facebook follower. She was lamenting that, in her opinion, too many elected officials and others who support Catholic teaching — including protecting life from womb to tomb, as well as marriage between one man and one woman — are way too fast and...
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Jul 26

Opening the Word: Abraham's faith

By: Timothy P. O'Malley When we’re young, we believe that prayer involves a kind of divine bargain. We get down on our knees. We say the right words. Then, God will act. As we get older, we become disabused of this insufficient account of prayer. This disabuse is often a painful lesson. We pray to God, only to discover silence. We bargain...
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Jul 24

Foster parents needed for unaccompanied migrant children

By: Brian Fraga Across the country, people are opening up their homes and becoming foster parents for migrant children who entered the United States unaccompanied by an adult and with no one willing to sponsor them. And in many of those cases, a network of Catholic and other Christian social service agencies are working with the U.S. Conference...
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Jul 22

An example of Catholic Leadership: Duke of Luxembourg

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion We Americans are obsessed and tunnel-visioned. Look at the newsstand in any supermarket or drugstore. I guarantee that many magazines will feature stories about the British royal family. It is easy to assume that Britain is the only hereditary monarchy left on earth. It is not. Actually, out of what we think of as the...
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Jul 19

Opening the Word: Reinterpreting Martha

By: Timothy P. O'Malley There is a tired homiletic trope. It is one that sees in Martha a servile commitment to frenetic activity. Mary is the real contemplative. She sets herself apart from the busyness of the kitchen, gazing at the person of Jesus Christ. It is this Mary who has chosen the better part (cf. Lk 10:42). She is the one who...
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Jul 17

Notre Dame symposium to explore marriage, family life

By: Michelle Martin The Catholic Church has a rich theology of marriage and family life, one that has been developed to a great extent since the Second Vatican Council. The ideas that families were created to be communities of love that exist to serve the Church and the world — and not only by bringing forth and raising children —...
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Jul 15

Want to see abortion made illegal? Be consistent in supporting life

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Despite recent legislative actions in the states and a Supreme Court ruling, we still have work to do regarding abortion. The historic 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling is back on the front burner. Advocates for the right to life and respect for all human life — conception to natural death — hope that these recent...
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Jul 12

Opening the Word: The good Samaritan

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley The greatest threat to the Gospel may be not secularization or a culture hostile to Christianity. Instead, it may be ourselves, our own tepid preaching of the word. As a Church, we regularly reduce the Gospel to a series of moral principles. Be nice to one another. Do good. Go and change the world. This do-gooder...
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Jul 10

California bishops follow up on ‘Laudato Si” to address changing climate

By: Brian Fraga  From its picturesque beaches to its scenic valleys, bays, mountains and lush farmlands, California is one of the most environmentally diverse and dynamic places on earth. But climate change is threatening the Golden State. In recent years, Californians have suffered from more frequent and intense wildfires, droughts and a...
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Jul 8

Real friends really matter

By: Teresa Tomeo Just a few weekends ago, we celebrated Trinity Sunday. And while the Trinity is so mind-blowing that even some of the greatest theologians in Church history had, and still have, a hard time explaining and understanding it, we can, at the very least, grasp that it’s about relationship. We were made, first and foremost, for...
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Jul 5

Opening the Word: Finding the joy of the 72 disciples

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis describes one of the temptations of Christians today. Rather than experience the joy of the Risen Christ, the gift of divine love that dwells among the human family, we may focus exclusively on the difficulties. We become those...
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Jul 3

Maryland’s Peace Cross memorial can remain

By: Russell Shaw In approving the presence on public property of a cross-shaped memorial to servicemen who died in World War I, the Supreme Court left unresolved many of the uncertainties plaguing its church-state jurisprudence. The 7-2 decision came June 20 as the court hurried to wrap up its 2018-2019 term. The impression of questions...
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Jul 1

Baptists are facing the same difficulties as Catholics

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion In early June, the top leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention — the second-largest religious body in the United States after Catholics — met in Birmingham, Alabama, to consider sex abuse of youth by leaders in the denomination’s network of churches. The meeting heard testimony of victims and...
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