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Post date: 09/20/2019
“We ate our honey. We ate a lot. Now we have no honey in our honey pot.” With those 17 words, averaging just three letters in length, Jan and Stan Berenstain launched their legendary book series. They were using the methods Dr. Seuss had coached them on: rhyme, repetition, short sentences. As head of Random House’s new publishing house for...
Post date: 09/20/2019
We have now begun the four-and-a-half month span – between the solemnities of the Assumption (Aug. 15) and Mary, Mother of God (Jan. 1) – into which all the holy days of obligation (in most U.S. dioceses) are now compressed. Canon law sets the number at 10, but it allows episcopal conferences to adjust the number. The Vatican can overrule them,...
Post date: 09/09/2019
Last month I started to write about racism and the difficulty that arises as we seek common ground on the matter. I’ll never forget the day I was in first grade and an older boy ran up to me on the playground during recess and yelled, “Spick, go home.” For readers who don’t know, that’s a racial slur. I didn’t know that at the time. I was just six...
Post date: 09/09/2019
In 1969, the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) was formed. According to one historical account, it entered the public policy scene “with a yawn.” At the time, it was unclear what a Catholic Conference was, what it was intended to accomplish, who its leadership would be, and what, if any, influence it would ultimately have on policy and politics...
Post date: 09/09/2019
“You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” This observation, attributed to Democratic politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan, comes to mind as I see warring opinions about the Trump administration’s latest conflict with Planned Parenthood. The administration has issued regulations to keep the federal Title X...
Post date: 09/09/2019
Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the “Nones” – young adults without religious conviction – tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption that science explains everything. And if science explains it all, who needs God, revelation, Christ or the church? To be even more specific:...
Post date: 08/09/2019
After a series of columns about where we all agree, I come to the question of racism, and things become complicated. What I mean is that with the issues of immigration, jobs, abortion and the environment, overwhelming majorities of Americans agree on many of the same policy solutions. I have written on this over the last several months using...
Post date: 08/09/2019
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently celebrated Religious Freedom Week (June 22-29). This provides as good an occasion as any for an update on religious freedom. The development is a U.S. Supreme Court decision, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, upholding the constitutionality of a cross monument on public property. In...
Post date: 08/09/2019
Fifty years ago last month, the crew of Apollo 11, the world’s latest heroes, were doing decidedly unheroic things: napping, drinking beer, playing cards, reading magazines and otherwise killing time in the Manned Spacecraft Center’s “Lunar Receiving Facility.” They were quarantined there to ensure that no lethal bugs had been brought back...
Post date: 08/09/2019
I want to talk about the “Equality Act” (H.R. 5) approved by the House of Representatives this spring. But first a disclaimer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reaffirms that homosexual acts are not morally acceptable – and it teaches that men and women with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity...

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