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Bilingualism is our Catholic treasure

How many languages do you speak? I speak two, English and Spanish. I can also read comfortably in two other languages. My wife and children are bilingual and so are most of the people with whom I worship ...



Wisdom's FeastScott Hahn

The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today's First Reading. We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3--4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly ...

Eddie Gaedel and his championDick Flavin

67 years ago, on Aug. 19, 1951, in the second game of a doubleheader, the St. Louis Browns -- now the Baltimore Orioles -- pulled a surprise switch on their opponents, the Detroit Tigers. In the bottom ...

Making the right choice for your childKathy Mears

As we contemplate the end of summer and the beginning of fall, we all know that our schools will soon reopen to thousands of students and their teachers. We also know that for some families, a school ...

St. Lawrence and the treasures of the ChurchFather Steve Grunow

Today (8/10) the Church celebrates the witness of Saint Lawrence, who was brutally tortured and killed because he would not renounce his Christian faith when commanded to do so during the reign of the ...

Keep your eyes on ChristDeacon Dan Burns

I recently returned from a business trip to China. I was struck by the culture of striving and technology that exists there. In the past 40 years Beijing has grown from a city that once had oxen drawn ...

Bright spotsRussell Shaw

It may seem crazy to speak of bright spots in the scandal surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and admittedly they are few in number and not terribly bright--in no way comparable to the harm this ...

A crisis regarding the responsibility of church authoritiesGreg Erlandson

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Catholic News Service posted a short video of the Pennsylvania attorney general's Aug. 14 news conference announcing a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses, ...

Letter to an angry friendGreg Erlandson

My friend, thank you for writing. You have every right to be angry. The recent revelations about sexual abuses and what Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo calls the "grave moral failures of judgment on the ...