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How Catholics see the scandal

What do serious, practicing Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis? To find out, you can commission a public opinion survey or you can attend a parish listening session. I chose the latter approach, ...



Should Sunday Mass be obligatory?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always thought it would be better that if the Church undid the rule by which we are obliged to attend Sunday Mass under pain of mortal sin. That way, I believe, more people would come to church. ...

The truth that set him freeGreg Erlandson

"I believe the Lord has put me here for this very moment. Throughout all of the pain, the Lord has never left me alone. He has continued to love me, heal me and still calls me to serve him." Those are ...

Valuing truth over factionRichard Doerflinger

Confirmation of a new justice for the U.S. Supreme Court has been halted, at least temporarily, by an accusation that the nominee when 17 years old tried to force himself on a 15-year-old girl. (A second ...

Why do we exalt the cross?Father Steve Grunow

Today (9/14) the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In one respect this great day commemorates the discovery of the relics of Christ's crucifixion by the Roman Empress, Helena, ...

The runway to self-sufficiencyDebbie Rambo

One of the bright spots on our yearly calendar is the Catholic Charities South Fashion Show. Our 270 attendees were treated to a lovely Sunday brunch, where our volunteer models sported the newest looks ...

Opioids, pain management, and addiction: Balancing ethical dutiesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of ...

Being Dave DombrowskiDick Flavin

Let's say that you are Dave Dombrowski. You and Sam Kennedy are the bosses of the Boston Red Sox. Sam takes care of the business side of the operation, which are extensive, complicated, and require great ...

Worldly solutionsJaymie Stuart Wolfe

As more and more state attorneys-general open more and more inquiries into the Church's history of sexual abuse allegations, it is clear that the headlines we've been reading with much consternation and ...