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Motown and the turbocharged Church

Detroit hasn't gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it's struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But the Church in Detroit is not ...



Persevering in prayerGreg Erlandson

The daughter of a good friend of mine died this week of a drug overdose. I had been praying for her for at least two years. I keep a list of people I pray for. I always hated the idea of saying, "You ...

Taking the dog for a walkJohn Garvey

We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children. She came when she was called and would lie respectfully ...

'ABCs of the Christian Life'Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I've never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can't get enough of GKC. I can. Not that I haven't ...

Refuse to baptize?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can a priest refuse to christen a child born out of wedlock? (Mason Neck, Virginia) A. The answer -- which may not be the one you were expecting or wanted -- is, "It depends." Simply that the child's ...

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, ...

The secret to St. John Vianney's missionary priesthoodFather Steve Grunow

Today (August 4) the Church remembers the witness of St. John Vianney, the "Cure of Ars," who is the patron saint of parish priests. John Vianney was born in 1786, just two years before revolutionary ...

Sinking fearScott Hahn

How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today's First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing ...

A population implosion?Richard Doerflinger

Remember when everybody worried about a "population explosion" filling the world with too many people? In the 1970s, this fear drove campaigns to legalize abortion and pour billions of dollars into birth ...