Do Catholic values dominate the lives of young Catholics?

We tend to forget that all of our thoughts, actions and feelings are culturally conditioned. The values that predominate our secular culture influence all thinking, acting and feeling within that culture. So a very practical question all Catholics, especially young ones, should be considering these days is: Whose values or which values dominate my thoughts, […]

Assisted suicide and Mary’s Assumption

On Aug. 15, Catholics honored the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, body and soul. The Assumption is a doctrine proclaimed officially in relatively recent times, but it has been celebrated and believed since the Church’s earliest days. The Assumption has a special meaning for my family and myself. It […]

More news on TV, but viewers less satisfied watching it

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Are you watching television news more and enjoying it less? Join the club. Stations are expanding the amount of local news programming they carry. It’s especially evident at two times of the day: the morning news and the afternoon rush-hour news. In the morning, what passed for local news might have been […]

Career-searching daughter gets it: ‘I just want to help people’

Labor Day: A time to reflect, not celebrate

Things a priest never buys

Once you are ordained a Catholic priest in the U.S., there are some things that you will never have to buy. They are not enough of a benefit to bring people into the seminary, but they are a side benefit nevertheless. Most obvious, priests never have to buy a necktie. That is a distinct advantage over other men. When I was practicing law, I had dozens of neckties. I hated wearing them, especially on hot summer days in Washington, D.C. I never liked having to figure out which tie to wear. Red tie or blue tie?

Bearing quiet witness to the protection of life

In mid-July, the proposed merger of two large hospital systems in suburban Philadelphia -- Abington Memorial Hospital and Holy Redeemer Health System -- fell apart. Abortion was the reason for the breakup. Holy Redeemer is a widely respected Catholic health care organization. It describes itself as "a Catholic health system, rooted in the tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer" and specifies that "we care, comfort and heal following the example of Jesus, proclaiming the hope God offers in the midst of human struggle." The system lists its "key values" as:

Learn your limits before the busiest time of the year begins

Yesteryear’s good TV dads replaced by today’s drunks and klutzes

Six-fold costs one more argument to end child homelessness

Every night in Pennsylvania thousands of children sleep in homeless shelters. Can we measure what the awful experience of being homeless can do to a child? Perhaps not, but we can see what it is costing in dollars, which is quite a bit more than it would cost simply to provide housing. The People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia examined 13 cost categories associated with child homelessness, including physical and mental health, social services and housing, early development and education, and costs associated with high school dropout. For the 9,027 children in Pennsylvania who slept at least one night in a shelter in 2011, these were more than costly problems. The categories represent the grim reality these children face.