Commentary

Summer’s blockbuster tales

Father Joseph Breighner shares some thoughts about two books that could be blockbusters.
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A population implosion?

Catholics worried about the rise of atheism can take a short-term and a long-term approach. Right now, we need to educate our children, evangelize and respond to attacks on the faith. As for the long term, Catholic couples, can you guess?
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Musing on the teeth of St. Ambrose

We clothe the skeleton of St. Ambrose in stately liturgical robes and we crown his skull with a bishop's miter, not be macabre or "creepy," but because we reverence his body as a place where Christ had come to dwell
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‘How is your relationship with God?’

Kevin Parks, the Catholic Review's visual journalist, shares how his harrowing battle with a brain tumor helped put faith and prayer even more in focus.
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Military action against the Islamic State group?/ Protestant church once a year

Father Doyle address questions about military action against the Islamic State group and attending a Protestant church once a year.
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Celebrating honors for the Catholic Review

The Catholic Review picked up 32 awards combined from the Associated Church Press, the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada, and the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association.
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Who speaks for Charlie Gard?

We are morally obliged to accept treatment that offers benefit without entailing greater burdens. Catholic tradition does not teach a "vitalism" insisting that everything possible must always be done to prolong life.
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A word about a word

Last May, I earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in Roland Park.  It was a new field of study for me, and I admit that I wasn’t really clear on the meaning of “theology” when I embarked on this endeavor. What kind of things would I be studying?  Would all...
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A Mass confusion

With organ, guitar, drums or silence, it is our unity with the Lord that should be the pulse we quicken to. 
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Question Corner: Images of Mary/ Attend daughter’s wedding?

Father Doyle answers questions about images of Mary and attending the wedding of a child who doesn't want to get married in the Catholic Church.
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Conversation and a cup of tea

When I mention my sister’s baby girl, her eyes light up with pleasure. A few minutes later when she asks about my sister, she is surprised – and ecstatic – to hear that she has a baby.
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A painful, necessary reminder

While “The Keepers” does not accurately reflect the actions of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, it does highlight what is most important to me for the victims of Joseph Maskell and that is their own personal healing.
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