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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...
Post date: 10/18/2018
Perspective is at least as important when reading the signs of the times as it is in landscape painting. And so, in this autumn of our Catholic discontent, I was particularly grateful to hear from an old friend, Nina-Sophie Heereman, who offered some needed perspective on the Catholic circumstance in the United States. I first got to know Nina...
Post date: 10/18/2018
Throughout the confirmation process of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it was unclear whether he would ultimately be confirmed. But one thing was certain throughout that process and remains certain: Politics is where public discourse goes to die.  What I mean is that the way our society conducts public debates on contentious issues...
Post date: 10/18/2018
Editor’s note: On Oct. 4, Bishop Robert Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. For more synod content from Bishop Barron, visit, where you’ll find behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, commentaries and more. Jesus’ encounter with two...
Post date: 10/18/2018
Haley Stewart stared at the publish button and froze. It’s nerve racking to announce big news, and this, in particular, had the potential to raise eyebrows. The title of the blog post stared back at her, boldface, unblinking: “When You Leave Your Comfortable Life and Change Just About Everything.” The announcement had been a long time coming...


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