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Post date: 02/15/2019
All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw. My task at hand: editing a cover story about three Catholic families who had taken radical leaps of faith. One couple moved to Costa...
Post date: 02/01/2019
Last month I ended my column with the story of a Wisconsin woman who refused to vote for any Republican, but vowed to vote for Donald Trump because he would “shake things up.” What did this woman see in the country that needed to be shaken up?  As I write this column, two major stories in the previous 48 hours have been shown to be complete or...
Post date: 02/01/2019
A recent piece by the Lincoln Journal-Star editorial board wasted no time criticizing Gov. Pete Ricketts’ biennial budget proposal for including a pro-life provision that prohibits taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the abortion industry. The editorial advanced two arguments to support its disapproval. Both arguments miss the mark and fail to paint...
Post date: 02/01/2019
By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder, chanting and beating a drum. The immediate and ferocious judgment of the internet community was that the boy was effectively taunting and belittling the elder,...
Post date: 02/01/2019
The slogan “Nothing about us without us” was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium.  Then, it was expressed in Latin: “Nihil de nobis sine nobis.” Later, it appeared in Polish on the banners of 19th-century Poles fighting their country’s partition by...
Post date: 01/18/2019
In my last column, I commented that Jesus never said: “Thy Legislature come!” And while true, it is also true God has given us a charge: He wants us to be politically active Catholics. One way that we can be politically active Catholics is to prepare our own hearts and minds for the current legislative session, which began Jan. 9. Last time, I...
Post date: 01/18/2019
Leading scientists worldwide have strongly objected to an unauthorized and premature effort to produce “designer babies” in China. I agree with their objections. But I also find some of their own proposals inadequate and even objectionable. The background: In late November, Chinese researcher He Jiankui revealed that he had altered the genetic...
Post date: 01/18/2019
The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip and speculation at the best of times – and these times are not those times.  The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of 2019 is typically fetid and sometimes poisonous, with a lot of misinformation and disinformation floating around. That smog of fallacy and fiction could damage February’s global gathering of...
Post date: 01/04/2019
Over the past couple of years, since the momentous 2016 election, a lot has changed in our national conversation. However, one might not even call it a conversation so much as a yelling match. I’ve been trying to observe it and touch on some of those observations in this column for the past year or so. The responses have been overwhelmingly...
Post date: 01/04/2019
Jesus never said, “Thy Legislature come!” But even if he never said these words, we know that he calls us to anticipate the advent of many things (as we did with Christmas), including the advent of a new legislative session. Every year, the Nebraska Legislature commences its lawmaking duties on the Wednesday following the first Monday of January...

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