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John M. Grondelski
COMMENTARY: It’s the central question of the Gospel, period, and it takes on greater significance in this unusual year.
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Ed Condon
COMMENTARY: Giving the impression that politics trumps Church teaching sends a message about what Catholics should put first — a message Joe Biden and others have already taken to heart.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The fact that the 2-year-old girls were not baptized earlier, by someone else, suggests an inexplicable pastoral failure to heed Pope Francis’ stress on the supreme importance of the sacrament.
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Donald DeMarco
COMMENTARY: The Mother of God has not escaped the wrath of vandals. In a certain sense, rejecting Mary is a logical beginning for the rejection of God.
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Andrea Picciotti-Bayer
COMMENTARY: If America loses its enthusiasm for defending religious liberty, what are the implications for religious believers now being horribly persecuted all over the world?
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Cardinal Tobin’s letter to President Trump, requesting clemency for a convicted murderer, drew attention to a pair of important aspects of the Church’s contemporary consideration of capital punishment.
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Paul Kengor
COMMENTARY: Why a past historical episode came to mind when learning of reports of espionage shenanigans against Pope Francis’ Vatican by the communist Chinese.
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Archbishop José H. Gómez
COMMENTARY: For our leaders in Washington, helping tuition-paying families keep their Catholic and other non-government schools open this fall must be part of the larger, urgently needed plan to sustain our nation.
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Grazie Pozo Christie and Maureen Ferguson
COMMENTARY: Planned Parenthood’s past, it turns out, is its present and, most likely, its future.
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John M. Grondelski
COMMENTARY: Applying our knowledge from the doctrine of original sin, the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, and the Great Commandment of love of neighbor can go a long way in repairing the damage.
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Janet E. Smith
COMMENTARY: Advice for parents on how to talk to their children who fail to make a distinction between protests against serious injustices against Black people and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Although the 150-year-old document affirmed the definition of papal infallibility, that does not touch the daily life of the Church in the same way as does the affirmation of the universal jurisdiction of the pope.
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Lawrence P. Grayson
COMMENTARY: Individual Americans have stepped up in times of strife since the first Independence Day.
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John M. Grondelski
COMMENTARY: A new book on America’s founding highlights that the stakes are high, and, as the nightly news makes clear, America is up for grabs.
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Jeanne Allen
COMMENTARY: U.S. Supreme Court paves the way for parental choice for their children’s education.
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Emily Stimpson Chapman
COMMENTARY: Right now, we need more of the last four spiritual works of mercy.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: If missionary expansion is considered an evil enterprise, then the very foundations of Hispanic Catholicism in the United States are compromised.
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Helen Alvaré
COMMENTARY: The 5-4 opinion on June Medical Services v. Russo disappoints pro-life hopes that the case could overthrow Roe v. Wade.
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Emily Stimpson Chapman
COMMENTARY: Women are people who love others to holiness, prioritizing the person over all other goods and seeing the greatness of each individual soul.
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John M. Grondelski
Antoinetta Meo (1930-1937) very much wanted to receive her first Communion and so began her correspondence with Caro Bambino Gesú (Dear Baby Jesus).
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Father Roger J. Landry
COMMENTARY: Catholics should be on the front lines of the fight for justice, beginning in the front pews, protesting devoutly before God.
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V. Bradley Lewis
COMMENTARY: The most valuable thing the Catholic Church can do — in good times and bad — is to preach the Kingdom, and give witness to the existence of heaven, which will never pass away.
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Robert Royal
COMMENTARY: In and of itself, anger is neither a rational justification nor an excuse for good or bad behavior.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: It is possible that Catholic rhetoric regarding Trump is influenced by the high-octane and low-civility rhetoric that is found all over Washington, beginning with the White House.
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Paul Kengor
COMMENTARY: Apollo 11 was a much-needed respite amid a time of social and political chaos.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: This might be a good year to intensify the devotional observance of the Pentecost Octave, despite its liturgical suppression in 1970.
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Steven D. Greydanus
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Carrie Severino
COMMENTARY: His story provides an important lesson on the virtues of humility and fortitude, which seem to be in short supply in Washington these days.
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Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: Five points to consider.
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Donald DeMarco
COMMENTARY: Catherine of Siena’s words, many of them handed down as celebrated aphorisms, speak to us with significant gravity during this time, along with other holy words.