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Post date: 05/01/2019
I’d like to focus again this month on things we agree on as Americans, particularly around immigration. There is a lot we agree on, but we feel very much divided. There are several reasons for this.   One reason is our tendency to generalize about two sides of the debate. Consider the following: Who said in a pro-immigration speech that “America...
Post date: 05/01/2019
Some two millennia ago, a ragtag bunch of nobodies learned what their tortured and executed friend, the rabbi Jesus from Nazareth, meant by “rising from the dead” (Mk 9:9-10) – because they met him again, the same but utterly transformed, as the Risen Lord. The Easter Effect upturned all they had once thought about time, history and God’s promises...
Post date: 05/01/2019
I am so proud of our students. Last month the student government association of the Catholic University of America, the body that represents our undergraduates, passed a resolution asking the university to prohibit access through the campus network to the 200 most frequently visited pornography websites on the internet. I told them we’d be happy...
Post date: 04/18/2019
“We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life.’ We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict ….”  These words come from St. Pope John Paul II’s famous encyclical, “The Gospel of Life” (no. 28). And their truth was...
Post date: 04/18/2019
Readers of a certain vintage (say, over 60) will remember the Imperial Margarine TV ad that dismissed butter as “the high-priced spread.” That image came to mind rather unexpectedly when I was addressing the parents’ associations of two prestigious Catholic prep schools several years ago. No, no one threw a margarine-smeared dinner roll at me...
Post date: 04/18/2019
We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country – not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in their barbarism have been passed, and a film so visceral in its presentation of the reality of abortion has found a wide audience. As John Henry Newman reminded us, assent to a...
Post date: 04/18/2019
As a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, I have attended its annual assemblies in Rome since 2012. Pope Francis has asked the academy to explore a range of issues with moral implications, in keeping with an “integral ecology” linking respect for human life with human solidarity and respect for creation. Nonetheless, I was surprised to find...
Post date: 04/05/2019
I had written a column for this month. It was a continuation of last month’s theme on areas of public policy where we agree. But the news about the flooding in Nebraska and a couple of conversations made me change my mind. If we’re going to talk about unity, we should talk about what is going on right now in our archdiocese and across the state. ...
Post date: 04/05/2019
I probably shouldn’t admit this in front of my grandchildren, but I am a fan of McDonald’s fish sandwiches. When I was a young lawyer in San Francisco, my firm’s office was right across Market Street from a McDonald’s, and every day for a year, I had two fish sandwiches and a chocolate shake for lunch. I am ashamed. But I still like them. As it...
Post date: 04/05/2019
When Pope Francis talks about evangelization, his poster child could well be an immigrant in North Dakota.  Sister Brenda Hernandez Valdes, a 34-year-old Daughter of Immaculate Mary of Guadalupe, lives more than 1,500 miles from her home in Coahuila, Mexico, serving the sprawling Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, and ministering to the Hispanics...

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