Archbishop George J. Lucas and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss (celebrating 40 years as a bishop) gather April 19 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont with priests celebrating milestone anniversaries. Back row, from left, Fathers Joseph Miksch (50 years), Rodney Adams (25 years), Msgr.
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While sitting in the living room in the home of one of my parishioners and visiting with the family, their little 2-year-old crawled over to the wall and was about to stick a small toy into an electrical outlet.
Not long ago I had a long conversation with an old friend. We covered a lot of territory but eventually focused on the situation of the church in a rapidly changing world.
The world is divided along socioeconomic, religious and political ideologies. One has only to browse the Internet or turn on the television for a moment to see this reality. The human race has been divided ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God and passed on their divided hearts to all of us.
What we cease to celebrate we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. We have a proud history of ministering to the poor around the world. This merits celebrating.
TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world makes for interesting, if not frustrating, reading. Several questions drive that frustration. Who are some of these people? How do they influence my life?
Twenty-six years ago, in the summer or early fall of 1990, I recall arriving at a Lincoln Right to Life meeting and being pulled aside by Shirley Lang prior to the meeting. Mrs. Lang is a pro-life icon in Nebraska and served for many years on the board of the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC).
It had been a long Thursday, and Brooke Paris couldn’t wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope’s new apostolic exhortation.
Last month, I wrote about how we begin to consider a candidate for whom to vote. The U.S. bishops in "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" recommend we start with the category of intrinsic evil because not every public policy issue carries the same moral importance.
The Catholic love affair with the United States of America is heading into rough and uncharted waters – and not only in this 2016 election cycle, but for the foreseeable future.