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Opinion
May 09, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
The sucking sound you hear is all the bids for the “2021 Meeting That Should Have Been An Email Award” getting tossed out the airlock.
April 30, 2021
Charles Camosy
We are, right now, apparently willing to look the other way on abuse of the elderly because we really don’t believe it is abuse of people who are “like us."
April 29, 2021
Joe Grabowski
Joe Biden's Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, was in the news again in recent days, after a relatively quiet time in office after his confirmation by the Senate. He was again taking up again a hobby for which he was famous in his former role as Attorney General of California: bullying Catholic nuns.
April 28, 2021
Charles Collins
The events in Ireland and Quebec are easily explained away as the Church just getting caught up in laws that are aimed at the general population. But another factor is at work: Ireland and Quebec are both flexing their muscles as post-Catholic societies.
April 24, 2021
Brenda Becker
Tan France promises to love the child a surrogate mother is carrying for him and his partner. But what about the anonymous mother? Surrogacy isn't an innocent economic exchange.
April 23, 2021
Jeffrey Culbreath
A priest once asked me how California got to be the morally decadent place that it is, and my answer — the Gold Rush — took him by surprise. I think he was expecting one of the usual conservative pieties about radical universities and the 1960s, or the political effects of immigration, or corrupt Democratic
April 22, 2021
David Mills
People who you'd expect to be anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers turn out to be strongly pro-mask and vaccine — because they care for someone vulnerable. It's a teachable moment for them, but only if they see how their experience changes their politics.
April 20, 2021
Paul Fahey
"To be clear," Paul Fahey argues in this essay, "this is not a conservative or liberal problem. Cantalamessa is not chastising any particular political agenda. He is criticizing the subjugation of the Gospel to any ideology."
April 20, 2021
Larry Chapp
In his Good Friday homily this year, the preacher to the papal household warned the Church against division. He should have turned around and spoken to the greatest source of it, Pope Francis himself.
April 19, 2021
Mary Pezzulo
She'd come to the Franciscan University young, naive, neurotic. She found comfort and counsel in two priests. One was later revealed to have protected a sexual predator, the other is now under indictment for raping a young woman he was counseling.
April 17, 2021
Jonathan Culbreath
To the claim that liberal democracy can't save the unborn, some argue that the alternative to liberal democracy is worse. Those defenders of liberalism ignore the teaching of St John Paul II on the duty of governments and encourages moral relativism.
April 16, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
All we know for sure is that he is no longer Bishop of Crookston, after some investigation and "determination" -- and that he says he will “move out of state to a warmer climate.”