Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

How does it feel to learn that a beloved family member is being threatened by an active shooter? My daughter and I found out last week. My grandson is in kindergarten and attends a public school within walking distance of his home. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

Great consternation in the American media, both secular and Catholic, has been occasioned by the Holy See’s “request” (read “order”) to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to postpone a proposed vote on—but not the discussion of—the USCCB’s three draft policies intended to hold our bishops more accountable for their handling of accusations of abuse by clerics.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
What does it mean it be a victim? The English word originated in the 15th Century from the Latin “victima,” which denotes a “creature killed as a religious sacrifice.” The word is now defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.” 
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
“Crimes can be adjudicated; sins can be forgiven; blunders can rarely be rectified.” 
 
I believe that the distinctions implied in this phrase could help us Catholics interpret the “Return of the Abuse Crisis of 2002 in 2018,” which sounds like a bad sequel to a nightmare—and is exactly that!
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Two weeks ago, in these pages, I “took a walk down memory lane,” recalling the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, that “ended” the First World War, at the same time practically guaranteeing a Second World War. A little over two months earlier, my father had been born.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : Issue 9823-11/8/18

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (Matthew 17:20)

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

For some reason, I have always been able to remember dates, which helped me to think chronologically from a very young age and led to my majoring in history. Certain dates mean something and some such significant anniversaries are approaching.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Occasionally, when I write a column about racism or gun violence or injustice, readers will write to tell me I should be writing about abortion. My response to them is this: I haven’t met a Catholic (my readership) who doesn’t know the Church’s position on abortion. Yet I’ve met many Catholics who either don’t know or don’t choose to take into account the Church’s teaching on other life issues.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6). The words of the Psalmist become our own whenever we are called to encounter the different conditions of suffering and marginalization experienced by so many of our brothers and sisters whom we are accustomed to label generically as ‘the poor.’” — Pope Francis in his homily for the second World Day of the Poor, to be commemorated November 18, 2018.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

One of my favorite musicals, whose songs I learned from the original cast album when I was only a few years old was The King and I. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic was theatrical presentation of the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, “from a civilized land called Wales,” and finds herself on the other side of the world, Bangkok, as governess to the myriads of children of Rama IX, King of Siam (Thailand). 

 

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