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Save the Internet for the common good

Posted on September 17th, 2014

The FCC needs a better vision of what the Internet is, writes Bishop John Wester on the “net neutrality” controversy. Favoring some content because of a greater ability to pay could result in an even greater divide between the powerful and the rest of a community, which the Catholic Church serves.


Help youth to know, and do, the faith

Posted on September 16th, 2014

Young people’s view of God as the Divine Butler points to the deficiency of our collective work in faith formation, writes Carolyn Woo. A solution may lie in works of service.


The good life and how to get there

Posted on September 16th, 2014

Faith is a map guiding you into the future, Father William Byron advises young people. The Scriptures, God’s inspired word, can be an enormous help in mapping out a path toward the good life.


Advocate because you care, not for political votes

Posted on September 16th, 2014

The prayerful unity marking last week’s meeting in Washington of the heads of the Eastern churches in the Middle East was shattered by partisan politics that is suffocating our nation today. The complexities of the region were exposed in minutes.


Never forget!

Posted on September 11th, 2014

There are days that will be remembered, detail for detail, in our minds. And for many of us, Sept. 11, 2001, is undoubtedly one of those days.


We want to stop ISIS, but how?

Posted on September 10th, 2014

Columnist Steve Kent calls for a clearly defined plan for civilized action against the Islamic State’s brutal terrorists, one that shuns a primal thrust for revenge. He offers the lesson of the atomic bombings of Japan in 1945.


St. Peter Claver: Pioneering fighter for human rights

Posted on September 9th, 2014

Father Gus Puleo writes of the heroic “apostle to the slaves” who by identifying himself with the black slaves of his time showed their human dignity to the world.


Hispanics and the future of the Catholic Church

Posted on September 8th, 2014

As the nation observes Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15, the church has much to celebrate. Alone among major Christian denominations in the U.S., the Catholic Church continues to grow and most of that increase is Hispanic or Latino. Yet, they have not always been welcomed.


Dad avoids caring for his special son

Posted on September 5th, 2014

In their Marriage Matters column, Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain probe the feelings of a husband struggling to deal with his special-needs child – and the emotional toll on the couple’s marriage.


How it feels to be left out, without an ice bucket

Posted on September 5th, 2014

When nobody nominated her for the ice bucket challenge, Karen Osborne felt again like she was picked last for kickball — pretty lousy. She has advice for dealing creatively with the feeling.


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