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We must oppose the voices of 'fragmentation and hatred'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

[Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Aug. 15 in the wake of a white nationalist demonstration during which an act of violence left one person dead and 19 others injured in Charlottesville, ...

Towards the Feast of the AssumptionMichael Pakaluk

The old Catholic Encyclopedia, published before the dogma of the Assumption of Mary was defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950, is nonetheless edifying in what it says about the Feast which the Church celebrates ...

Our Utmost in Dealing with our FaithFather Ron Rolheiser

The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naiveté of childhood. And this is true too of our faith. Not that faith is a naiveté. It isn't. But our faith needs to be constantly reintegrated ...

Suicide -- Redeeming the Memory of a Loved OneFather Ron Rolheiser

One year ago, virtually everyone who knew him was stunned by the suicide death of the most prominent American Hispanic theologian that we have produced up to now, Virgilio Elizondo. Moreover, Virgil wasn't ...

Angels and the CityFather Ron Rolheiser

Several years ago Hollywood made a movie, "City of Angels," about an angel named Seth whose job it was to accompany the spirits of the recently deceased to the afterlife. On one such mission, waiting ...

Inchoate DesireFather Ron Rolheiser

Sometimes while praying the Psalms, I'm caught looking quite uncomfortably into a mirror reflecting back to me my own seeming dishonesty. For example, we pray these words in the Psalms: My soul longs ...

'Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?'Effie Caldarola

A violent windstorm ripped through my town the other night, the kind that leaves you mesmerized yet humbled at your own powerlessness. A tornado wreaked damage nearby, with 76,000 homes left without power, ...

To whom can we go?Father Ron Rolheiser

"To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life." Peter says these words to Jesus. But they are spoken in a very conflicted context: Jesus had just said something that upset and offended ...

Being Good-Hearted is Not EnoughFather Ron Rolheiser

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn't necessarily change the social, economic, and political structures that ...

Trump and Laudato Si'Michael Pakaluk

How should a Catholic view President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord? Was it a "slap in the face" to the Vatican, as Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo claimed? ...