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June 5, 2017
Hunger for God is a sign of the times
Hunger for God is a sign of the times

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict.

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May 1, 2017
Death discriminates in the district
Death discriminates in the district
May 1, 2017
Constitution gives Congress a key role
Constitution gives Congress a key role

Amid the general, bipartisan enthusiasm for the president’s decision to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, I worry that we have lost sight of an important principle.

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April 3, 2017
Intolerance seen in secular ‘faith’
Intolerance seen in secular ‘faith’

“Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination,” announced The Nation on Feb. 1.

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April 3, 2017
Encuentro accepts challenge of pope
Encuentro accepts challenge of pope

Four years have passed since the Holy Spirit inspired the election of the first Latino pope, Pope Francis.

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February 27, 2017
Love and mercy in politics
Love and mercy in politics

Catholics advancing social justice sometimes wonder: Will my efforts have a lasting impact? Am I building God's kingdom or will all of this be wiped away?

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February 27, 2017
Pros, cons of Johnson Amendment
Pros, cons of Johnson Amendment

At the National Prayer Breakfast last month, President Donald Trump promised to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment "and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." I must confess that, on the list of things I hope the new administration will accomplish this year, this one is fairly far down.

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January 30, 2017
Apostolate to the Fourth World
Apostolate to the Fourth World

When the U.S. Catholic bishops do their laudable work in looking out for the needs and rights of migrants and refugees, they are looking out for a large and vulnerable share of their flock.

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January 30, 2017
Retirement: An invitation for something more
Retirement: An invitation for something more

Hello. I feel like I should reintroduce myself to you as I have just finished my five-year term of service at Catholic Relief Services and now write to you in my status as "me" and not president and CEO, or dean, or professor or whatever titles I have held since starting my professional career in 1979.

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January 5, 2017
ISIS' iconoclasm a sin against faith
ISIS' iconoclasm a sin against faith

We Roman Catholics are accustomed to thinking that the early church moved its headquarters from Jerusalem to Rome like a frog hopping from one lily pad to another. In fact, it moved on the ground, along the trade routes.

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