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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...
Post date: 01/04/2019
I’ve been having some trouble lately with the Nicene Creed. The First Council of Constantinople in 381 added the sentence, “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.” It’s the holy part, as you might expect, that’s bothering me. The Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August disclosed years of unholy conduct by priests and...
Post date: 12/21/2018
It all started with a lost birth certificate. The Holy Spirit was at work that day and hasn’t slowed down since.  My aunt Jan has always known she was adopted, and the many mysteries surrounding that reality had never haunted her. She raised her daughters near St. Paul, Minn., her husband’s hometown, and cherished her Catholic faith. Now 56, she...

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