Catholic News & Perspective

June 2019

Jun 26

Bishops move toward transparency and accountability to restore trust and credibility

By: Michael R. Heinlein The U.S. bishops met in Baltimore from June 11-14 to begin providing their long-awaited response to revelations of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, as well as cover-ups on the part of several American bishops and cardinals that emerged in 2018. Most notably, this included the case of laicized former cardinal...
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Jun 24

Pro-abortion advocates turn to unsound tactics

By: Teresa Tomeo I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist. My degree and employment background are in communications. But one hardly has to have experience in psychology or mental health to recognize that our culture has a severe, long-term and devastating case of projection — when one unconsciously transfers one’s own feelings...
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Jun 21

Opening the Word: The real Corpus Christi

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In a recent cover story in The Atlantic, journalist and former priest James Carroll announced that he refuses to participate in Mass. Because of the abuse scandal, he has determined that only a total boycott of the Eucharist makes sense. Until the Church has rid herself of the priesthood, he sees no way forward. The...
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Jun 19

Renovated Crystal Cathedral to be place of Catholic worship

By: Brian Fraga Anyone who remembers the Crystal Cathedral from the days of Rev. Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” television ministry will do a double take when the doors reopen on July 17. A new stone altar has been placed near the center of the building. Above it is a huge baldachin (canopy) from which hangs a striking...
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Jun 17

The new generation of ordained priests is a cause for joy

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion I feel good. In the last several weeks I have attended two ceremonies in which young men were ordained priests. In my home diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, I saw five fine candidates receive Holy Orders and become priests, and a week later in Fort Wayne, Indiana — near Our Sunday Visitor headquarters — I was...
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Jun 14

Opening the Word: Unsentimental feast

By: Timothy P. O'Malley For the Christian, sentimentality is a temptation. The sentimental person is so driven by the desire for strong affections, reducing nearly everything to kitsch or a nostalgia for some imagined past. This sentimentality can easily seep into the feasts of the Christmas season. We imagine the infant Christ, surrounded by...
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Jun 12

Bishops find ‘Strength in Hope’ for religious liberty

By: Michelle Martin On June 22, Catholics around the world will remember Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, the bishop and chancellor executed by Henry VIII two weeks apart in 1535 for the crime of refusing to acknowledge the religious supremacy of the king of England. In the United States, that day also marks the beginning of Religious Freedom...
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Jun 10

Sundays are changing for the better

By: Teresa Tomeo In my most recent book, “Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic” (OSV, $14.95), I take a look at the need for Catholics to embrace what they hear and whom they actually receive at Mass every week so that we can apply it to our everyday lives. What does our faith really mean to us if we merely are checking off a box,...
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Jun 7

Opening the Word: How to approach the Holy Trinity without making it complicated

By: Timothy P. O'Malley There are two exaggerations typically made by preachers on Trinity Sunday. The first mistake overemphasizes the mysterious nature of the Trinity as incomprehensible to human understanding. How can we make sense of three persons in one God? We can’t, so it’s a mystery. Three doesn’t normally equal one....
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Jun 5

What is the future of pro-life legislation?

By: Brian Fraga Seeing their best chance in decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, state legislators across the country are passing new laws to restrict abortion that they and their pro-life allies expect will be struck down in the federal courts. The strategy behind passing laws such as the so-called “heartbeat bills” — which...
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Jun 3

Take a fresh look at your home’s crucifix

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion You never know who will come to your door on seemingly-normal weekend morning. Recently one Saturday, my doorbell rang, and I answered. Two very polite, well-dressed young men introduced themselves as evangelical missionaries. They asked if they could speak with me. I invited them into the living room. Before little...
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