Catholic News & Perspective

August 2019

Aug 30

Opening the Word: Come to the misfit banquet

By: Timothy P. O'Malley If you’re going to a party, with the right people, then you want to make sure that you fit in. You want to be able to walk in, converse eloquently with the prim and proper, dress for success and sit in the right place. The closer you are to the guest of honor, the one to whom you’re courting favor, the better....
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Aug 28

Priest starts a Twitter group to break the chains to pornography

By: Brian Fraga Not too long after he was ordained on June 1, Father Cassidy Stinson was told by an older priest that if he sees a young person coming to him for confession, chances are they will be going to talk to him about pornography. “In the first month of my priesthood, it became even more clear to me that this problem was something...
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Aug 26

The immigration conundrum in one Southern state

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion No one should be surprised. Mississippi’s two Catholic bishops, Joseph R. Kopacz of Jackson and Louis F. Kihneman III of Biloxi have joined the state’s Episcopal, Lutheran and United Methodist leaders in condemning recent actions by federal authorities in the mass arrest of workers in various food production...
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Aug 23

Opening the Word: An urgent Gospel

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Summer is a time for respite, for a leisurely peace where we get a chance to breathe. We go to pools, head out on vacation and enjoy the last quiet moments with our families before business resumes as normal. There is a temptation to let this leisurely calm infiltrate the Church. It’s summer, after all. Is it...
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Aug 21

Catholics agree that gun violence is a problem in need of a cure — but how?

By: Brian Fraga The nation’s Catholic bishops are calling on the faithful to increased “prayer and sacrifice” in response to the most recent wave of mass shootings that left 31 people dead and dozens of others wounded in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. But exactly how best to end gun violence remains a pointed topic of...
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Aug 19

More to talk about

By:  Teresa Tomeo You’ve probably had the same frustrating conversation. It frequently comes in the form of a question regarding discussions on abortion. Those of us who try to raise awareness and address the issue are asked why we’re so focused on the issue or why we bring it up so often. It doesn’t matter if we rarely...
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Aug 16

Opening the Word: Christians: Expect division

By: Timothy P. O'Malley We often hear commentators bemoan the partisan polarization that seems to have infected the United States. If only we could treat each other with a degree of decorum, to dialogue as equals, then perhaps we could pursue the common good. This political posture is praiseworthy. All things being equal, it is good to engage...
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Aug 14

Kolbe Academy is first Catholic high school for teens battling addictions

By: Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller Four years ago John Petruzzelli saw the movie “Generation Found,” a documentary about people in Houston, Texas, who came together to start a revolution in youth recovery from addictions. Their model included a system of treatment centers, recovery programs and Archway Academy, a sober learning...
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Aug 14

Kolbe Academy is first Catholic high school for teens battling addictions

By: Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller Four years ago John Petruzzelli saw the movie “Generation Found,” a documentary about people in Houston, Texas, who came together to start a revolution in youth recovery from addictions. Their model included a system of treatment centers, recovery programs and Archway Academy, a sober learning...
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Aug 12

So much else to talk about

By: Teresa Tomeo You’ve probably had the same frustrating conversation. It frequently comes in the form of a question regarding discussions on abortion. Those of us who try to raise awareness and address the issue are asked why we’re so focused on the issue or why we bring it up so often. It doesn’t matter if we rarely mention...
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Aug 9

Opening the Word: Stand ready

By: Timothy P. O'Malley There’s a good deal of modern liturgical music that celebrates the arrival of God’s justice. In these hymns, we tend to call out for God’s justice to descend. We sing it happily, joyfully, with pep and vigor, unaware that when this justice arrives, it might be directed at us. Yes, we know that there is...
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Aug 7

Pope names seven women to Vatican congregation

By: Deborah Castellano Lubov “One of the characteristics of the feminine genius is precisely being capable of waiting,” Olga Krizova says. She is the general president of the Secular Institute of Volunteers of Don Bosco. Her name suddenly became known on July 8, together with six superioress generals: Sisters Kathleen Appler,...
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Aug 5

Yes, adults can have their own versions of temper tantrums

By: Teresa Tomeo My husband and I are really enjoying our time with the newest members of our extended family: identical twins Lilliana and Francesca. They’re going on 3 years old, and it takes a lot of resolve — since they’re so adorable and so much fun — not to spoil them. We really want to help our nephew and his wife...
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Aug 2

Opening the Word: Not your sugar daddy

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Flipping through television preaching on Sunday mornings in the United States, you get a sense that God functions as a kind of sugar daddy. If we say the right prayers and have faith in God, then we’ll receive a plurality of gifts in return. We’ll get money. Our love life will reach its pinnacle....
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