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Post date: 11/16/2018
One of the main reasons a diocesan newspaper exists is to be a community newspaper, the go-to publication for a thriving Catholic community. Such a newspaper fosters unity among Catholics by announcing and recording events, telling inspiring stories of people living out their faith, articulating the goals and initiatives of their leaders, and...
Post date: 11/16/2018
As I leave the Archdiocese of Omaha to take a new job – with great gratitude on my part, still in the Catholic press – I have been given the opportunity to say “thank you.” Eight years as news editor of the Catholic Voice have helped me meet so many people willing to help explain and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.  Learning from,...
Post date: 11/16/2018
I just started reading “Community and Growth” by Jean Vannier, the founder of the L’Arche communities. Doing so has reminded me of the importance of community and the fundamental virtue of gratitude. And that has reminded me of the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Though Thanksgiving is an American holiday with no specific denominational...

Jack Odgaard, left, receives the Nebraska Catholic Conference’s Gospel of Life Award from Tom Venzor, NCC’s executive director, Oct. 26 at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet in Lincoln. Odgaard is a member of St. John Parish in Lincoln and a founding member of the pro-life organization Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.
Post date: 11/16/2018
I first met Jack Odgaard in 2010, when I was a third-year law student at the University of Nebraska College of Law. I was with my friend, Jeff Kanger. In fact, it was Jeff’s idea to go and pray at the Planned Parenthood abortion mill that morning. We went to the facility at 38th and South streets in Lincoln. The first person to greet us was Jack...
Post date: 11/16/2018
Of all the dilemmas classified under end-of-life issues, the most divisive even for Catholics has been the treatment of people diagnosed as being in a “vegetative state.” The phrase has been used to describe patients who are not comatose (because they have sleep-wake cycles) but seem unaware of their environment, most often due to a head injury....
Post date: 11/16/2018
Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey. He was, furthermore, a person of tremendous courage and perseverance, accomplishing groundbreaking work despite a decades-long...
Post date: 11/02/2018
It’s never too late to prepare for Election Day! This is as true for the less appreciated and underrated midterm elections as it is for a politically heightened presidential election cycle. As the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm elections approach, I want to offer a few thoughts as you prepare to exercise your faithful citizenship. Encourage Voter Turnout...
Post date: 11/02/2018
The temptation to ally the church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble – politically and, more importantly, evangelically. That was true in 20th century Quebec, Ireland, Spain and Portugal; it is now a danger in 21st century Poland,...
Post date: 11/02/2018
I wonder if I am alone in worrying about a side effect of our two most recent public discussions of sexual abuse. I mean of course the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the latest abuse scandal in the church. My concern is that the media, sensing an appetite for stories of this kind and a willingness to credit them, will be too quick to...
Post date: 11/02/2018
Roxanne Loper was almost home. Her journey had begun 15 months before, when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special.  She and her husband, Clark, ranchers in Alto, Texas, had not been able to conceive a child naturally. They inquired about the girl online, whose name was Alexandria, scraped...

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