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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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December 5, 2016
The election and the faithful
The election and the faithful

The media, and we who listen to them, were surprised at the election results. I have a feeling it's not the last surprise we are in for.

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October 31, 2016
The trolley problem and the presidential election
The trolley problem and the presidential election

There is a thought experiment in moral philosophy, made famous by Philippa Foot, called the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a runaway trolley that you can steer but not stop. Up ahead, the track forks in two.

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October 31, 2016
May hope abound at election time
May hope abound at election time

I meet once a month with a small group of business executives, both active and retired, to pray together and to discuss the relevance of religious faith to business practice. Early one morning, less than a month before the 2016 presidential election, we reflected on the letter of Paul to the Philippians 1:6-12.

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October 3, 2016
Shedding labels and moving forward
Shedding labels and moving forward

A speaker at a conference a few years back shared how he overcame adversity and reached success through hard work. He also shared how his life could have been much different.

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October 3, 2016
Don't mess with Mother Nature
Don't mess with Mother Nature

Catholic children learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (seven each) about the same time they learn the seven sacraments. Most of them come directly from the Gospel, especially from the description of the last judgment. They include feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, for example, as well as admonishing sinners and bearing wrongs patiently.

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