Scary prayers that are good for you

Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you.
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ANALYSIS: After the Vatican’s summit on abuse, the stakes are clear

With this summit, Pope Francis has tossed down the gauntlet. The stakes are clear. In the words of Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, "All of this will take time, but we do not have forever and we dare not fail."
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Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

Rather than "Thou shalt not" as its battle cry, the church can offer a genuinely positive vision of "the joy of love," a holistic understanding of sex and intimacy for a society increasingly despairing about both.
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Path for reform goes through Rome

Rome does indeed move slowly, but the U.S. bishops, who are clearly feeling the pressure from their people, are committed to applying pressure of their own.
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Getting real about our challenges

We need a church that recovers what it means to be a family, a family that can disagree and argue passionately about things, but also that loves one another.
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After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in the United States.
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Sweden’s Catholic past and future

For the past 500 years, Catholicism has made little impression on Sweden. Yet perhaps even now in this ardently secular country, there are small signs of change.
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Resolutions for 2018

If you are casting about for resolutions, or afraid you have too many of them, I have four suggestions that may save you either anxiety, guilt or both.
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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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In praise of millennials

These are the millennials that I'm proud of. Those who study or work overseas, or volunteer to serve others in this country, get to know not just the people who look and act and believe like them, but also those who do not.
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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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