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The Protestant Reformation: Positive aspectsFather Thomas Ryan, CSP

The Jan. 18-25 international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place this year as part of a big ecumenical lead-up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation next October. This will ...

Christmas memories Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Christmas is the most highly charged time of the year. From children to well-seasoned adults, everyone's expectations for everything from gifts to happiness are high as a kite. Amid the season's madness ...

The aftermath of Election Day 2016Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Any election has lessons for Catholic voters. What did we learn and where do we go? As a wise friend said, "It's not what happens on Election Day as much as what we do the day after." In many ways the ...

If you wonder why... Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

If you wonder why: -- The America Catholic Church is demographically on a path to extinction... -- That 80 percent of Catholics are no longer Catholic by the time they turn 23 years of age... --That ...

Taking a bullet in marriageKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Earlier this summer, we went to Mass in a neighboring state, a very Catholic one at that. The priest preached on faith and reason and its application to engaged couples. He reminded us that faith and ...

Pilgrimage to a Catholic-again country Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

In 1380, Geoffrey Chaucer stirred the travel bug of Brits with his opening lines of the Canterbury Tales: "When April with his showers sweet with fruit And bathed each vein with liquor that has power To ...

Dorothy Day: Not your off-the-shelf saintKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The word on the "Catholic Street" is that Dorothy Day is being fast-tracked to sainthood. Pope Francis, who shows no fear of controversy, strongly indicates his admiration for her. When the pope spoke ...

How Margaret Sanger became an icon Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Isn't it amazing how many inconsistencies are filtered through modern minds? For example, how is it that many college students decry the racist, even capitalist, backgrounds of some of their campus benefactors, ...