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Post date: 07/10/2019
In our modern culture, religious liberty faces a fundamental problem. Too often, it is narrowly conceived as “special pleading.”  By this, I mean religious liberty is perceived as an avenue by which certain religious views seek special treatment and protections. This applies particularly to religious views which have lost their former cultural and...
Post date: 07/10/2019
As we look at where Americans agree with each other, I would like to take up the question of the environment. Let me start with my own experience.  I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, which has been called the “mistake on the lake.” The epithet was invented because the Cuyahoga River, the main river that divides Cleveland and that feeds into Lake Erie,...
Post date: 07/10/2019
More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most-viewed show to air on HBO.  Yet many were dissatisfied with what they saw, hurling gripe after grouse online. The finale didn’t fit the ethos of the show, fans insisted. It was overly sentimental. It tarnished the show’s legacy. More...
Post date: 07/10/2019
Our political life has become such a war of words that many may not notice that the Trump administration has done something very good and long overdue – and is being condemned for it. The very good thing is a regulation to implement numerous federal laws on conscience rights in health care, chiefly on conscientious objection to abortion. One law,...
Post date: 06/18/2019
When Shakespeare wrote, “Parting is such sweet sorrow” for that gripping first balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet,” he was referring to the simultaneous pain of parting and the joyous anticipation of a future reunion. Many parents, teachers and parishioners can relate. Letting go of their elementary school, high school or college graduate is no...
Post date: 06/18/2019
In the last few months I’ve been writing about things that unify us. As I have contended for some time, we are not as divided a nation as we think. One area of agreement less controversial than abortion or immigration is jobs. Most readers may not remember Florence Reece, but she’s the author of “Which Side Are You On?” a folk song written in 1931...
Post date: 06/18/2019
As many pro-life advocates celebrated Alabama and Georgia passing state laws to uphold the dignity of unborn life, Planned Parenthood and abortion supporters in other states across the country recently organized rallies to “fight back against abortion bans.” Nebraska was no exception.  On May 21, hundreds of politicians and activists assembled in...
Post date: 06/18/2019
This issue of the Catholic Voice is special for three reasons. As you’ve no doubt seen, this issue not only has the usual content of our paper, but a special 16-page wraparound section on ArchOmaha Unite. In it you’ll find inspiring stories we wrote about several local Catholics who gave faith testimonials at the event, as well as superb...
Post date: 05/15/2019
Recently, the state Judiciary Committee advanced LB519, introduced by Sen. Julie Slama of Auburn. LB519 has become an omnibus bill for several different human trafficking proposals. Included in this package is LB516, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, which the Nebraska Catholic Conference supported earlier this session during...
Post date: 05/15/2019
In Herman Wouk’s novel “War and Remembrance,” Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel’s hero, by claiming that human beings are “microbes on a grain of dust … and when it’s over we’re just dead meat.” The Washington state legislature has now topped the cynical young Warren by declaring that we’re useful meat, as in potential...

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