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Going off the railsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

It's easy to see the train going off the tracks. Many signs should have summoned the red lights. Alas, all too often a government policy seems a good idea at the time -- a bill covering prescription drugs ...

Pope issues changes on liturgy translationsMsgr. Liam Bergin

Pope Francis has issued a document on the translation of liturgical texts. The document, "Magnum principium," was issued on Sept. 9 and is to take effect from Oct. 1, 2017. In this two-page document ...

Catechetical Sunday 2017: 'Living as Missionary Disciples'Patrick Krisak

This fall, tens of thousands of children, young people, and adults in the archdiocese will resume participation in faith formation in their local parishes. Faith formation refers to the lifelong process ...

The debt we oweScott Hahn

Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life. Yet, as today's First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done ...

Dispelling the darkness of September 11thFather Steve Grunow

"Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness..." These are the words of the writer, the late John Updike, as he described September ...

Incense at MassFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic, but I have forgotten why incense is sometimes used at Mass. Please explain, especially with regard to its use at funerals. (Aumsville, Oregon) A. The smoke of burning incense is ...

Peter Claver vs. Immanuel KantBishop Robert Barron

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the seventeenth century "slave of the slaves," St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of ...

More than talkJaymie Stuart Wolfe

In the late 1960s, nothing was stable and everything was in motion. Racial injustice, the Vietnam war, and feminism mixed with a youth culture of rebellion in what many of us experienced as a societal ...

To Win Them BackScott Hahn

As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today's first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church. He also puts ...

Superheroes and the Power of LoveSister Constance Veit, l.s.p.

Superman has his red power cape. Elijah wore a cape to manifest his divine authority. Most famously, the Virgin Mary is usually portrayed wearing a cape-like garment known as a mantle, often blue and ...