Commentary

Encouraging news on abortion

Supporters of legalized abortion used to agree that abortion should be "rare." They don't say it so much nowadays. Maybe they now realize that reducing abortions will require discouraging abortion.
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The anticipation of Advent

Jesus does not just come to us when we are perfect. He comes to us as we are, even if we are shepherds watching our sheep in the fields.
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Father Patrick Peyton and road to sainthood/ Pray for Judas Iscariot?

Father Doyle answers questions about the canonization of Father Patrick Peyton and praying for Judas Iscariot.
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It’s time to talk about gun violence

If we are not distressed by the mass shootings occurring all too frequently around our country, is it any wonder that we are not shocked and distressed by individual killings on the streets of Baltimore?
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Searches beyond Google’s capabilities

My mother was very good at teaching me to read the subtle signs of providence, and she got me very excited that this book that had been so magical for the reviewer was rediscovered in our library.
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A plea for our fellow Catholics

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift.
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Paul VI, Prophet

In Humanae Vitae, Paul VI plays the prophet and lays out, clearly and succinctly, what he foresees as consequences of turning away from the Church’s classic teaching on sex.
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What is sex for?

The root problem here is a self-centered notion of freedom that "frees" individuals from respecting others, if such respect would get in the way of their own pleasure.
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Black Elk and the need for catechists

Catechists, the Church needs you! We’re losing our kids to secularism.
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Gift of gratitude

Gratitude doesn’t always come easily, but there’s almost always something to be thankful for, though it can take time to see it.
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Why poetry matters

Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot. 
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Coffee & Doughnuts with Erich March

The Catholic Review sits down with Erich March, president of King Memorial Park cemetery, vice president and COO of March Funeral Homes, and parishioner of St. Ann in Baltimore.
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