Commentary

By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

The resignation of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals after revelations of a quarter of a century of accusations against him and settlements paid to his victims by dioceses in which he served as priest and bishop, combined with the Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s Report on priestly misconduct create a perfect storm that now buffets the Catholic Church in this country and around the world.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

I’ve worked in catechetical ministry since 2000, and I don’t recall a more significant change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church than the one Pope Francis recently made. The Catholic Church’s position on the death penalty has moved from permitting it in “cases of extreme gravity” to deeming it “inadmissible” and a violation of human dignity.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

My 5-year-old grandson loves creatures. At the library, he will select books about anything from spiders to Siberian tigers. In preschool, he chose to research and to present a report on Peregrine falcons. (Preschool has clearly changed a lot since my own children attended.)

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

Almost 50 years ago, when I was nearing the end of my undergraduate studies at Their Majesties’ Royal College of William and Mary in Virginia—as it is still officially known—I inadvertently became somewhat of a connoisseur of graffiti in the men’s room stalls. Please pardon my indiscretion in mentioning such matters in mixed company, as we used to say, way back when.

By: Tony Magliano
Originally Appeared in : 9816-8/2/18

On July 25, 1968 – in the midst of the “sexual revolution” which aggressively promoted premarital sex, pornography, homosexual activity and artificial contraception – Pope Paul VI, with the courage of a prophet, gave the Catholic Church and world an entirely different message.

 

In his encyclical letter "Humanae Vitae" (“Of Human Life”), soon to be canonized Pope Paul VI prophetically predicted that contraception would “open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.”

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

The dramatic and successful rescue of the soccer team and their coach in Thailand has the world breathing a sigh of relief. Twelve boys and their coach were trapped deep in a cave system where they’d gone to explore while on an outing. Just finding the team in the labyrinth was itself miraculous. The rescue effort was even more so.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9815-7/19/18

In what is now the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, comprising the southern 60 percent of Georgia, the largest American state east of the Mississippi River, Roman Catholics have been few in number since the establishment of the British colony of Georgia (1733), from which “Catholics, slaves and lawyers”—as well as liquor—were to be excluded by laws enacted by the British Parliament. To be fair, the colony’s founder, General James Oglethorpe, a Scotsman who had been baptized a Catholic at the insistence of his pious mother, did not initiate the ban on Catholics.

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

A few weeks ago, I wrote in these pages an article entitled “Life is beautiful and worth living.” 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9814-7/5/18

I was fortunate enough to recently view the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Fred Rogers, children’s television personality and ordained Presbyterian minister. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ was a favorite show of my children, and I expected the documentary to be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. And it was. 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9813-6/21/18

Recently, I completed an 8-hour course on mental health first-aid offered in my community through the National Council for Behavioral Health in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. If you’ve ever had a first aid course covering medical emergencies, you would recognize the format. The first part of the course was devoted to education and awareness about mental illness. The second part offered role play and advice on ways to approach people experiencing a mental health crisis. 

 

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