Catholic News & Perspective

March 2019

Mar 20

States take action to secure abortion laws

By: Brian Fraga Emboldened by Democratic wins in last November’s elections and seizing on fears that a U.S. Supreme Court with a conservative majority could strike down Roe v. Wade, the abortion lobby is pushing to cement abortion’s legality in individual states and strike down most if not all restrictions on late-term or...
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Mar 18

Send in the crowds

By: Teresa Tomeo If I had a penny for every time my spiritual director over the years has told me “all things Christ,” I would be a very rich woman indeed. Even after all the years of meeting for spiritual guidance, our sessions inevitably end up with him reminding me to keep my eyes on Christ, who is the “leader and perfecter...
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Mar 15

Opening the Word: Luminosity of love

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Spiritual theologians often have cautioned Christians about relying on visions. St. John of the Cross warned his readers that rather than expect a euphoric encounter with Christ, the one who adores God should ask for nothing more than the emptiness of the cross. For it is there, often in radical absence, that we meet the...
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Mar 13

As U.S. dioceses release lists of credibly accused, the question remains: Is it enough?

By: Brian Fraga At least 111 Catholic dioceses and 11 religious institutes in the United States have released lists of clergy, religious and lay employees who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors and adults. Many of those entities have published their lists since a grand jury convened by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s...
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Mar 11

Why I'm staying

By: Russell Shaw This column is being written on the eve of a much-publicized summit meeting of bishops from around the world whom Pope Francis has summoned to Rome to discuss the sex abuse scandal but will appear after it. No matter how that gathering turns out or what the media make of it, the thoughts that follow will stay the same. A couple...
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Mar 8

Opening the Word: Ethics of adoration

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In the public sphere, there is often a separation between the act of worship and public life. We are told religion, including worship, is personal. And the act of worship — what we adore — should have no influence on public life. Of course, this is a naïve claim even outside the Scriptures. Human beings...
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Mar 6

Why is Cardinal Newman still relevant today?

By: Michelle Martin Ryan Marr and his colleagues were thrilled to hear that a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman had been confirmed by the Vatican on Feb. 13. There may even have been some dancing in the offices of the National Institute for Newman Studies, Marr wrote in a blog post that day. The...
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Mar 4

Mark of true beauty

By: Teresa Tomeo Several years ago, when addressing the topic of culture and media influence on people of faith, Pope Benedict XVI gave us a great deal of food for thought: “Believers are conditioned by a culture of images that imposes contradictory models and impulses with the effective negation of God.” Note that he didn’t...
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Mar 1

Opening the Word: Horizon of discipleship

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Christians are at risk of falling into a severe trap. Namely, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is really a matter of being a decent, upright person rather than receiving the gift of salvation from God. Expectations say that a godly person does a nice job of taking care of his or her family, does a bit of charity...
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