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Refusing to baptizeFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife and I married 53 years ago and have had nine children. Some of them served on the altar, and all of them went to Catholic schools. Our ninth child was refused for baptism because the priest ...

'Today' is the dayScott Hahn

It is the age between our Lord's first coming and his last. We live in the new world begun by his life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension, by the sending of his Spirit upon the Church. But we await the ...

Attorney General Barr and the need to fight for religious freedom and valuesFather Roger Landry

On October 11, Attorney General William Barr gave an impassioned speech to the students and faculty of Notre Dame Law School as well as to Notre Dames' Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture on the state ...

Adoption by single parent?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I desperately want a child. I am not married and have had cancer twice. I take chemo for five days, then I'm off for 23 days, and the cycle is continuous. I will not be able to have my own children ...

A Veterans Day remembranceDeacon Timothy F. Donohue

Even duty in a combat zone duty can become routine, even boring, as you do your job, prepared for whatever comes. On one of those quite routine night in 1972 in the Gulf of Tonkin, around 1:30 a.m., we ...

A grateful send-offJaymie Stuart Wolfe

It's funny how change or loss can make us appreciate things we don't usually consider worthy of our attention. When I came back to Massachusetts after a year away, I noticed all the changes immediately. ...

To raise againScott Hahn

With their riddle about seven brothers and a childless widow, the Sadducees in today's Gospel mock the faith for which seven brothers and their mother die in the First Reading. The Maccabean martyrs ...

Praying for fallen away loved onesFather Roger J. Landry

On October 17, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey that showed that 65 percent of American adults now say that they're Christians, down 12 percentage points in just the last ten years. ...

Morality and video gamesFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My son, who is 15, keeps asking for a video game called Grand Theft Auto V. After reading some reviews (gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, drug and alcohol abuse), I was not inclined ...

Lover of soulsScott Hahn

Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today's Psalm, he is slow to anger and compassionate toward all that he has made. In his mercy, our First Reading tells us, he ...